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BBQ picnic shelter underway

BBQ picnic shelter underway

3 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Foundations for new wetland area with footbridge

Foundations for new wetland area with footbridge

3 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Start of a seating area at the base of the reservoir dam wall

Start of a seating area at the base of the reservoir dam wall

3 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

laying foundation for new Melbourne Water built carpark

Laying foundation for new Melbourne Water built carpark

3 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

View from the new reservoir lookout location

11 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Artists impression of all-weather barbecue area

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Artists impression of main picnic area

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

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January Update  

Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the City of Whittlesea have combined forces to re-build Toorourrong Reservoir Park from the ground up in a $5.1M project starting after the Australia Day weekend.  The park was destroyed in the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Parks Victoria appointed Services South East’s to completely re-build the popular park by mid-2015.

When the park re-opens visitors are expected to delight in the restorative natural environment alongside the comforts of new improved visitor facilities.

The reservoir has been a perfect picnic spot for Melbourne’s northern suburbs since the 1960’s and is now being re-built to provide picnic areas, walking paths, barbecues, seating and shelters as well as a new reservoir lookout and all accessible toilets.

Melbourne Water has appointed Theiss, Black and Veatch to provide a new 160 place visitor car park, all abilities access ramp and entrance road as well as undertaking works to manage the catchment water quality for the reservoir.

The completely rebuilt and landscaped park will also be home to one of the Whittlesea Bushfire Memorials. This one memorialises 35 people who lost their lives in the 2009 Bushfires and who had strong connections to the local area.

Starting on ground work to re-build Toorourrong Reservoir Park in January is a major milestone for Parks Victoria’s staff as much as it is for those who used to visit the park.

April Update

Over the last twelve weeks the park has been completely transformed with the efforts of the three teams of contractors working on site.   Pictures above show some of the progress by Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria.

The project is still on track for completion by mid-year with substantial construction works expected to be completed by June.

Parks Victoria is planning an opening for the community in late July to allow landscaping work to settle and grass to re-grow ahead of visitors returning to the park.

Timeline

2009
Park completely destroyed by fire, site cleared and impacted trees removed. 

2010 – 2012
Melbourne Water undertakes major infrastructure upgrades to reservoir dam wall and spillway.

2011
City of Whittlesea approaches Parks Victoria about creation of a 2009 Bushfire Memorial in Park.  

2011-2014
City of Whittlesea engages community in Bushfire Memorial planning. 

2012 – 2013
Parks Victoria organises community consultation and finalises master plan for park re-build. 

2014
Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water undertake detailed design drawings and apply for heritage, bushfire, environmental and town planning permits.  

January 2015

Following receipt of all necessary permits, Melbourne Water to start park re-build works with a drainage upgrade and construction of a new 160 place car park, entrance road and disabled access ramp.

TBC Early 2015

City of Whittlesea to begin construction of new Bushfire Memorial.

January 2015

Parks Victoria to begin construction of park visitor facilities.

June 2015

Park due to re-open.

Keep informed

If you would like to be kept informed about the rebuilding of the park, please provide your contact details at toorourrong@parks.vic.gov.au or by calling 13 1963.

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