MITCHELL Shire Council is seeking community input on a masterplan to guide works at Beveridge Recreation Reserve.

The reserve is on 10 hectares of Crown land at the corner of Lithgow and Spring streets in the original Beveridge township.

With Beveridge’s population set to explode as Melbourne’s suburban development spreads outwards, council is creating a masterplan to guide the reserve’s long-term use and ensure it remains a focal point for diverse passive recreational activities while protecting and revealing its natural and cultural values.

Deputy mayor Fiona Stevens said council wanted to ensure Beveridge was prepared for future residents’ needs.

“Beveridge Recreation Reserve is an important open space, and it will only become more significant as the area grows,” she said.

“We want to hear your thoughts on what needs to happen at the reserve now and what will be important in 10, 20 and 30 years.”

In addition to the masterplan, council is working with the State Government to undertake initial activation works at the reserve including a play space upgrade, new circuit path, boardwalk and outdoor fitness equipment, and enlargement of the tennis courts to provide multi-use tennis and netball courts. The works will be completed in 2022-23.

Council is seeking community feedback on the initial capital works as well as its draft masterplan.

The State Government contributed $750,000 towards the $1.36 million stage one works through its growing suburbs fund, also allocating $60,000 through a local sports infrastructure fund. Council contributed the remaining $550,000.

People can view the draft plans and provide feedback by visiting www.engagingmitchellshire.com.

The survey will close at 9am on Monday, May 24.

People can call council’s recreation and open space team on 5734 6200 for more information.

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