Tired park to become a tourist park

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By Mitchell Clarke

The tired Gembrook Leisure Park will receive a $1.2 million revamp, fitted out with a multi-use sports court, a hangout space with interactive technology and a skate space suitable for scooters, skateboarders and BMX riders.

A tender to upgrade the site was awarded by Cardinia Shire Council at the Monday 17 June council meeting, with all councillors being in full support of the plans.

Councillor Leticia Wilmot moved the motion, stating this was a “good news story”.

“This has been an aspiration for a few years, I’m really looking forward to seeing this project get started,” Cr Wilmot said.

“Even now in its poor condition, the park is still busy.

“It’s not just a little local park, this is going to be quite a district level park. I think this is a great outcome for Gembrook.”

The park, located on the corner of East Beenak Road and Gembrook Road currently contains a skate park, undercover barbecue area, toilet and a timber playground.

The new park will include pathway connections into the park, additional sealed accessible parking, a passive lawn area with barbecue shelters and tables and a new play space.

Councillor Brett Owen shared Cr Wilmot’s sentiment, saying the upgrades are most definitely required.

“It’s definitely something that was needed. We witnessed firsthand how tired the park is at the moment,” Cr Owen said.

“Gembrook is becoming a real destination, this will benefit the wider Cardinia community.”

Federal and State Government joined council in allocating $500,000 each, rounding out the project’s budget to $1.5 million.

Cardinia Shire Council awarded the tender to Warrandale Industries Pty Ltd for a sum of $1,245,795.84, making a saving of about $183,000.

The space was completed in 2000 after being driven and delivered by the community but it’s now “reached the end of its useful life”.It was celebrated for its community inclusiveness with some of the park’s old elements set to be featured in the new design.

The existing plaques will be removed at the beginning of the works and saved to be polished and repainted, eventually being reinstated into the park.

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