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.
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  • Hello. What are your selection criteria being used to select candidates for the Design Refefence Group.

    frogziii asked 4 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. The intention of the Design Reference Group is to establish a fair and balanced opportunity to create the masterplan options for Higgins Park and Playfield Reserve. Therefore the priority in selecting the candidates is to ensure the community and various groups associated with the site are represented equally. 

    The selection criteria for DRG nominations is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics data on East Victoria Park to appropriately reflect the community, referencing age, sex and ethnicity. This has meant the Town have aimed for a DRG that is close to 50% female and 50% male, whilst also having a slightly higher proportion of representatives aged between 25-35 than other ages. Selection was also based on nominees knowledge and use of the park, and their availability for all three workshops. 

    The DRG is made up of 26 individuals. This includes:

    • eight (8) representatives from key stakeholders;
    • three (3) community members with links to the hockey club;
    • three (3) community members with links to the football club;
    • twelve (12) community members who use the park regularly with no club affiliation.