Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve Masterplan

The Town is developing a masterplan for Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve with an aim to guide the short and long term revitalisation of the site.

Higgins Park, Fred Bell Parade and Playfield Reserve (the site) form an eight-hectare parcel of Public Open Space. This site is regarded as one of the Town’s main formal sporting facilities as well as a key recreational amenity for the local community. Given the site’s land size, the projected population growth, and the need for formalised sporting areas, the Town has appointed consultant Place Laboratory to prepare a number of masterplan options for the site.

The masterplan options will seek to:

  • Optimise regional active recreation opportunities on the site.
  • Maximise and modernise the recreational offering of the site.
  • Enhance and provide passive recreation amenity to the local community.
  • Make public open space and Town assets work for the community.
  • Align with and deliver on objectives of the Public Open Space Strategy.

The masterplan options aim to identify spatial configurations for football, hockey and shared uses. The Town will not support the implementation of a masterplan option that removes any existing users from the site, unless a suitable alternative location that caters to their needs is determined.

What is happening now?

To help us develop the right vision for the site, the Town is working closely with the Design Reference Group, which is made up of community members and representatives from key stakeholders. Engagement with this group is currently underway.

How can I get involved or find out more information?

  • Ask a question below
  • Read the FAQs or the Recreational Needs Analysis in the document library.

The Town is developing a masterplan for Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve with an aim to guide the short and long term revitalisation of the site.

Higgins Park, Fred Bell Parade and Playfield Reserve (the site) form an eight-hectare parcel of Public Open Space. This site is regarded as one of the Town’s main formal sporting facilities as well as a key recreational amenity for the local community. Given the site’s land size, the projected population growth, and the need for formalised sporting areas, the Town has appointed consultant Place Laboratory to prepare a number of masterplan options for the site.

The masterplan options will seek to:

  • Optimise regional active recreation opportunities on the site.
  • Maximise and modernise the recreational offering of the site.
  • Enhance and provide passive recreation amenity to the local community.
  • Make public open space and Town assets work for the community.
  • Align with and deliver on objectives of the Public Open Space Strategy.

The masterplan options aim to identify spatial configurations for football, hockey and shared uses. The Town will not support the implementation of a masterplan option that removes any existing users from the site, unless a suitable alternative location that caters to their needs is determined.

What is happening now?

To help us develop the right vision for the site, the Town is working closely with the Design Reference Group, which is made up of community members and representatives from key stakeholders. Engagement with this group is currently underway.

How can I get involved or find out more information?

  • Ask a question below
  • Read the FAQs or the Recreational Needs Analysis in the document library.
Consultation has concluded
  • Design Reference Group engagement continues online

    about 1 month ago

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the engagement with the Design Reference Group for this project transitioned from a workshop to online engagement. This engagement commenced via a private Your Thoughts page on 23 April 2020 and concluded on 7 May 2020 with a Zoom session. Participants who were not able to join online were able to undertake similar activities via email. Thank you to the Design Reference Group for working with us to make the best of the online engagement.

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the engagement with the Design Reference Group for this project transitioned from a workshop to online engagement. This engagement commenced via a private Your Thoughts page on 23 April 2020 and concluded on 7 May 2020 with a Zoom session. Participants who were not able to join online were able to undertake similar activities via email. Thank you to the Design Reference Group for working with us to make the best of the online engagement.

  • Community dive into workshop one

    4 months ago

    The Town held its first Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve DRG workshop on Thursday 12 March. The aim of the workshop was to investigate and identify opportunities for Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve. Participants were introduced to the project through a presentation, followed by table activities to discuss and present values, themes and aspirations. 23 residents, community and sporting club members attended the session with Cr. Lisandro and Cr. Hendricks observing the evening. We look forward to continuing the co-design process with the community over the coming months.


    The Town held its first Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve DRG workshop on Thursday 12 March. The aim of the workshop was to investigate and identify opportunities for Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve. Participants were introduced to the project through a presentation, followed by table activities to discuss and present values, themes and aspirations. 23 residents, community and sporting club members attended the session with Cr. Lisandro and Cr. Hendricks observing the evening. We look forward to continuing the co-design process with the community over the coming months.