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All play at Marty Busch
Marty Busch Recreation Reserve has a new look with the installation of a
new $50,000 play space, including Ballarat’s first ‘skelter net’.
The old play equipment was reaching the end of its lifespan and Council
identified, through its Play Space Planning Framework, the chance to upgrade
the park to a district playground by installing a larger play space, which
includes equipment for 2-7 and 7-12 year olds. The Play Space Planning
Framework is a long term plan for the upgrade and maintenance of the
city’s 130 play spaces.
The play area has also been moved to a more open area with improved access.
The old play space will be remodelled into open passive parkland.
The Sebastopol Lions Club was of great assistance to the project, with
volunteers giving up some of their June long weekend to assist in the
spreading of the soft fall in the new playground. This community assistance
ensured the installation costs were minimised, meaning Council could put
more resources into the purchase of the equipment.
The new equipment is designed to promote the development of gross
motor skills, balance, agility, coordination and strength. Most importantly
it promises to be great fun to play on.
The installation of the new play space is part of an overall plan for the
Reser ve which also includes upgrading the BMX track and relocating the
For more information on the Play Space Planning Framework implementation,
Contact Council's Recreation Liaison Officer Tanya Cullen on 5320 5701
or email email@example.com
Prince of Wales Park
Baseball Diamond complete
Ballarat’s many baseball enthusiasts have been given a boon, with the
completion of works to the city’s new AAA standard baseball diamond and
match lights. The new natural turf now requires time to properly establish,
which is expected to be complete in spring. The upgraded facilities mean the
precinct will have the capacity to host state and national competitions.
The upgrade included $460,000 in establishing the diamond, its synthetic
infield, warm season grass outfield and a new irrigation system and water
tanks to allow for sustainable maintenance. An additional $295,000 was
spent on high quality match lights, which will allow games to be played into
the evening, increasing the capacity of the precinct to cope with expected
Council received a $60,000 Sport and Recreational Victoria grant to assist in
the works under the Department of Planning and Community Development’s
Sustainable Sports Grounds Program.
The upgrade is part of Council’s city-wide Sports Precinct Strategy which
identifies Prince of Wales Park as one of the city’s key sporting and
The Sports Precinct Strategy aims to ensure Ballarat boasts the facilities and
ser vices required to meet the needs of a growing regional capital city.
Other recent works completed include the installation of bike racks at the
Ballarat Aquatic Centre.
Further works scheduled include granite pathways, construction of additional
car parking and replacement of the synthetic hockey playing surface.
For more information on the Prince of Wales Precinct upgrade please
contact Council’s Major Projects Unit on 5320 5599 or email
Above: (front to back) Cr Des Hudson with Sebastopol Lions Club members Dawn
Fischer and Chris Gale
Below: The new baseball diamond at Prince of Wales Park
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