South Morang seeing double

Mill Park MP Lily D'Ambrosio with Whittlesea council chief executive Craig Lloyd marking the turn of the sod at Riverside Reserve. (supplied)

A $1 million upgrade to the Riverside Community Activity Centre and Reserve in South Morang will make the facilities more comfortable, functional and accessible for residents.

A two stage project is about to get underway, the first stage is the refurbishment of the Community Activity Centre to ensure it meets the needs of current and future users.

Some improvements include the renovation of the consulting and lunch spaces to create an additional meeting room for people, groups and organisations to use.

The foyer area will be expanded and a kitchenette installed, while the acoustics in the community hall will be upgraded to assist those with hearing difficulties.

Work will be done to improve access to the centre’s external accessible toilet, as well as upgrades to the centre’s cladding and heating, ventilation and cooling systems.

In a move to encourage less emissions throughout Whittlesea, electric cooktops, ovens and hot water systems will be installed throughout the building.

The second stage of the project – the upgrade to Riverside Reserve – is expected to start in April and continue until the end of June 2024.

The reserve’s social gathering place will get a makeover with the installation of a new barbecue, public furniture, drinking fountain and bike racks.

There will also be improvements to the timber access ramp to the playgrounds and refurbishment of the site’s large shelters.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the investment in the centre and reserve underlined Council’s commitment to providing quality community facilities at the local level.

“Our reserves are crucial in promoting healthy and active lifestyles among residents of all ages and abilities,” she said.

“These improvements here at Riverside Reserve will help to encourage more people to get out and about in their local neighbourhood and take advantage of everything this space has to offer.”

Gerald Lynch