What consultation process was undertaken for the development of the J.L. Murphy Reserve master plan?
Thank you to those who participated in the series of consultations to develop a new master plan and concept design for J.L. Murphy Reserve. Council conducted a series of community consultation sessions from March to July 2010. A Community Reference Group was formed in February 2010 to provide input to the project and Council held regular meetings with them till February 2011. The community reference group was made up of user groups of the reserve, residents and community members as well as Council representatives and staff.
|Feb 17||Reference Group Meeting 1|
|March 11||Questionnaire mailed to residents and user groups with an invitation to respond by April 30th
Have Your Say page with questionnaire made live
|April 1||Public consultation session at Murphy Reserve from 10:00am- 12:00pm
Public consultation at Sandridge Trugo Club from 6:30-8:30pm
|April 3||Public consultation at Murphy Reserve from 9:30am-12:30pm|
|May 12||Reference Group meeting 2|
|June 22||Reference Group meeting 3|
|July 14||Public consultation at Murphy Reserve from 4:00-8:00pm|
|Sept 6||Reference Group meeting 4|
|Sept 15||Reference Group meeting 5|
|Oct 25||Ordinary meeting of Council to adopt master plan for community feedback.|
|Nov 1||Report made available to the community to provide feedback on the draft master plan till Nov 29th|
|Feb 15||Reference Group Meeting 6|
|March 28||Ordinary meeting of Council to adopt the master plan|
What is going on with the Hobson's Bay Obedience Dog Club relocation?
Who are Hobson's Bay Dog Obedience Club?
Hobson's Bay Obedience Dog Club (HBODC) is a not-for-profit club staffed and administered by volunteers. HBODC have been providing dog obedience training services to the Port Melbourne local community at Murphy Reserve since 1961.
Responsible dog ownership is a high priority for Council and Council recognises the valuable service that the club provides to the community in promoting and facilitating responsible dog ownership.
More information on HBODC can be fount at: http://www.hbodc.asn.au/
Why are they moving to Garden City Reserve?
Due to an increase in the use of the Council Depot for the Council's Parks Maintenance Contractors mid to late 2011 and future plans for the development of a wetland system in Murphy Reserve, Council needs to relocate HBODC's clubrooms and training grounds.
Why Garden City Reserve?
Garden City Reserve is one of the few sites that focuses on passive recreation and is a dog friendly reserve. A number of relocation options were investigated for HBODC and the best option was found to be Garden City Reserve taking into consideration the needs of the dog club, other park users and existing facilities. Council will provide the club with facilities at the Sandridge Community Centre and they will have designated areas within Garden City Reserve to conduct training. The designated areas will ensure that other dog walkers and park users will be able to use sections of the park at the same time as training.
When will they be using the park?
The relocation of the club is scheduled to occur in mid/late 2011. The club undertakes dog obedience training every Sunday morning for one hour and have from 3 to 6 classes ranging from beginners to advanced training. The classes are predominantly undertaken with dogs on leads, apart from the advanced class for dogs who are already well trained.
What is Council doing to prepare for the move?
Council is working closely with HBODC, the Sandridge Trugo Club, Port People and Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association to ensure the best possible outcome for the Dog Club, current users of Garden City Reserve and local residents.
Specific activities being undertaken by Council to address questions raised about the relocation and more generally regarding the increased use of the Sandridge Community Centre for functions include:
Separation of the playground from the off lead area of the park:
Why a wetland at Murphy Reserve?
Wetlands at Murphy Reserve
Parks and open spaces consumes 62% of the water supply in the City of Port Phillip, Murphy Reserve uses almost 20% of this. Using potable water to maintain the grounds is not seen as an adequate long term solution and Council is committed to securing a sustainable water future for the Reserve.
A detailed water assessment of Murphy Reserve was conducted by Aecom in 2009 and a key finding from this was to capture the storm water from nearby drains and maximise rainwater capture for irrigation use. Creating a wetland system will help to filter the harvested water and will improve reserve amenity while allowing natural processes to clean the storm water for irrigation.
What is a wetland and how does it work?
What will a wetland do for Murphy Reserve?
A wetland in Murphy Reserve will provide a range of important functions. These include:
Examples of successful wetlands in Melbourne
To view several case studies relating to successful wetlands in Melbourne, please visit: http://www.melbournewater.com.au/content/rivers_and_creeks/the_rivers_and_creeks_system/our_stormwater_quality_wetlands/our_stormwater_quality_wetlands.asp
Can the sporting grounds be irrigated with bore water?
While bore water may be suitable for use in small quantities by private dwellings it becomes too saline (salty) for use in the large quantities required to water water trees and grass in JL Murphy Reserve. Council has explored this option through a series of independant water quality tests.
Council is investigating the option of harvesting and reusing storm water to service up to 70% of Murphy Reserve's water needs.
When will council perform the works suggested by the master plan?
The JL Murphy Reserve Master Plan will be completed in November 2010. The master plan will contain a document outlining strategies, principles and actions for the reserve as a whole and a design drawing showing a plan for the future upgrades to the reserve.
Parks and Open Space will prepare business case documents outlining projects within JL Murphy Reserve and requesting funding from council to proceed with upgrades. It will be up to council to decide which projects are funded.
The trees in JL Murphy Reserve are looking shabby. What is being done about this?
Because most of the trees in the reserve were planted around the same time (approximately 40-50 years ago) many are reaching the end of their useful life expectancy around the same time as well. Further, the life expectancy of a tree in times of drought is significantly less than one in periods with normal rainfall.
As part of hte master plan process council is planning on increasing the number of trees in the reserve.
What happens next?
Council will take the information from the first phase of community consultation and use it to inform a draft master plan and concept design. These documents will be available to the public in August of 2010.
You will be given the opportunity to feedback your thoughts on the proposed design and document in the online forum, onsite meetings or emails to interested parties.