About the Project
In June 2021, Bass Coast Shire Council acquired the land adjoining 'Hilton Chadwick Reserve'. The land was purchased with the intent of developing a recreation precinct that will meet the growing population of Phillip Island and surrounds.
Development of the Cowes Recreation Reserve Master Plan forms part of Councils 2022/23 operating projects and is the long-term vision for the new Cowes Recreation Reserve. The Master Plan will be designed to incorporate the future needs of sporting, recreation facilities and public open spaces on the corner of Ventnor Road and Phillip Island Road, Cowes known as ‘Hilton Chadwick Reserve’ and the adjoining site. The aim of the master plan is to provide Phillip Island and surrounds with the essential recreation and aquatics facility to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and visitors.
Simon Leisure Consulting has been appointed as the consultant to develop the Cowes Recreation Reserve Master Plan.
Community consultation was open for feedback until 17 May 2023.
We will review all the feedback and may consider as part of the update prior to going to Council for final consideration.
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- Two-way reserve entry (signalled intersection in the long-term) to service the car park and ambulance and maintenance vehicle access to Oval 1
- Fenced dog off-lead area to include agility equipment, bench seating and water points, and divided to include a smaller compound for smaller/ young dogs and programming (such as dog obedience training), with the balance for larger/ active dogs
- Dog park entrances (double-gates)
- New lake with pedestrian path circuit (including a boardwalk), and water outflow when required
- Sealed car park (351 spaces) with passive irrigation solutions for tree watering
- Main entry gate into Oval 1 precinct
- Enclosed cricket practice nets (4 lanes, synthetic surface), with power bollard
- Oval 1 with sub-surface drainage and irrigation, a perimeter fence, concrete cricket wicket, LED floodlights (200 lux), player boxes, and goal nets
- Electronic scoreboard
- Construct spectator viewing berm along the west side of Oval 1 with three spectator shelters and an elevated broadcasting booth
- Concrete path with bench seating around the oval perimeter fence
- Overflow car parking area for Oval 1, when required
- Pavilion raised approx. 1.0 metre and incorporating change rooms to service both ovals and the netball courts, a community social room with kitchen/ canteen/ bar, internal and external storage, external public toilets, and an extended verandah towards both ovals for spectators
- Vehicle access to the pavilion for deliveries and Accessible car parking
- Local level playground available for public use on non-event days through the adjacent perimeter fence
- Netball courts with player/ scorer shelters and LED floodlights to competition standard (200 lux)
- Oval 2 with sub-surface drainage and irrigation, unfenced, potential turf centre wicket table, LED floodlights to training standard (100 lux), player boxes, and goal nets
- Little Athletics field events area (2 x shot put circles, long/ triple jumpo, throwing cage)
- Open space area that can function as an Events Space (and incorporate Oval 2, if required), with two water connection points and two 3-phase power connection points at locations to be determined
- Community Open Space incorporating a Township level playspace, BBQ/ picnic shelter, public toilet, a multipurpose court (tennis hit-up wall, basketball, netball), and a Sub-Regional level skate facility and pump track in line with relevant Council strategies
- Existing dam to be fenced with adjacent vegetation for habitat
- Tennis courts with sand-filled synthetic grass surface provided in two 4 court enclosures, with 4 courts floodlit
- Two soccer pitches: the east (main) pitch with a 1.0 metre high perimeter fence and LED floodlights to competition standard (100 lux); the second pitch unfenced and with LED floodlights to training standard (100 lux)
- One multipurpose unfenced rectangular pitch capable of accommodating soccer, the rugby codes and touch
- Shared pavilion for tennis and field user groups and incorporating change rooms, a community social room with kitchen/ canteen/ bar, internal and external storage, external public toilets, and an extended verandah towards the tennis courts and the main soccer pitch
- Sealed car park (360 spaces) with passive irrigation solutions for tree watering
- Aquatic Leisure Centre to be delivered in two stages (aquatics facilities and stadium) in line with relevant Council strategies
- Two-way reserve entry from Phillip Island Road (signalled intersection in the long-term)
- Prepare a stormwater management plan for the reserve that investigates the viability of collecting and storing rainfall in the proposed lake (No. 4) for use to irrigate the main oval and other selected open space areas
- New reserve perimeter fence along Ventnor Road and Phillip Island Road boundaries
- Retain the existing post and strand-wire fence along the western and southern boundaries
- Undertake revegetation of existing bushland areas shown on the plan
- Connect the reserve to all necessary services