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  • Informed 5 months ago
    What is proposed for the incinerator-like facility near the existing playground? Is this still necessary for park services?
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      That's a Melbourne Water pumping station. Still required.
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      • Informed 5 months ago
        Thanks for explanation. Better leave that there then!
      • Glenys07 5 months ago
        Hi. I live immediately behind it, & every few months, they open the door , maybe for maintenance. Sewerage smell!!! Not just water.
  • Glenys07 5 months ago
    I back onto Boyd Park & am currently involved in heavy discussions regarding the ugly red building etc. First told it’s going, recently told not going. Right not, am waiting to see what impact & inconveniences will happen due to flood mitigation programme. Have contact number for flood mitigation people if needed. Any one else know anything about red building?
  • SarahD 5 months ago
    We love taking our dogs down to Boyd park, but not at the moment due to flood mitigation works which are taking forever.
  • WalterR 5 months ago
    "Informed" a few days ago wrote - " What is proposed for the incinerator-like facility near the existing playground? Is this still necessary for park services?"The response by Recreation Services - "That's a Melbourne Water pumping station. Still required." - However that facility is no longer a pumping station and is just an access to a "logging" device accessed via a manhole.I believe that Melbourne Water are considering demolishing the building (and probably the flue) as it is no longer needed.I suggest that the council negotiate with MW to transfer ownership to the council. If successful, I further suggest that a path be laid between the Lawrance St/ Wilson St intersection, through that area, to the northern end of the "Link Space".Public toilets -- I notice that many responses have included the need for these. I fully agree with those requests. Locating toilets may present a perceived "problem" (not in my backyard) similar to that that occurred at Caulfield Park near Alma Rd. That "problem" was obviously overcome as toilets were installed some time ago.Fencing around the play area could be considered to allow dogs to pass off leash.
  • paulcaine 5 months ago
    Brief Summary of submission to plan by Glen Eira Environment Group.Boyd Park is a corridor for fauna to use, connecting Gardners Creek and the Urban Forest to habitat to the south, and supporting its own wildlife. These functions needs to be supported in all actions in the reserve.The mulched beds at the northern end of Boyd Park (Boyd Park North) need to be fenced to exclude dogs. Dogs continue to degrade this habitat. The area will never support the biodiversity it should whilst dogs are present.All remnant at red gums in the reserve need to be managed individually, therefore they need individual management plans. This is not an uncommon management technique in many important reserves. These plans would cover issues including water allocation, management of stress factors on the tree, pruning, provision of habitat boxes, creating opportunities for regeneration over time etc. These plans would be accompanied by photographs that recorded the status of each tree over time. These plans would be reviewed annually.The area covered by the Vegetation Overlay at the southern end of the reserve (Boyd Park South) must be protected at all costs. All fencing, location of pathways etc. must consider the health and viability of this vegetation as the number one priority. This is especially important along the boundary of the reserve and the Hughesdale Railway Station carpark.Red gums throughout the reserve should be mulched. Those on the corner of Montrose Court and Neerim Road are in very good condition. The area along the fence that includes these trees should be mulched. This plan needs address the ongoing issue of provision of water to the red gums in the central and southern section of Boyd Park. This will become more important into the future as the anticipated reduction of rainfall takes effect.
  • Margaret 5 months ago
    Can we please just have Boyd park back how it was! Like many people in the area I feel devastated and frankly depressed about the ugliness of skyrail, when you walk through our beautiful park you forget that you live in a built up area it’s a lovely refuge. I understand that the flood mitigation works need to be done, can we just get them finished and have a little bit of normality back in our lives. I love kids and have no problem with the playground, however, please no extension of play equipment, there is a fantastic play ground a short walk away at Kangaroo Park another one at Packer Park, with the ever increasing high rise appartments popping up what we really need is green space.If anything needs to be done around the existing playground I would suggest replacing the old shared pedestrian/bike path with a corrugated path to discourage speeding cyclists, I worry that spot is a recipe for disaster. Most of the cyclists are polite sensible people that ride at a reasonable pace, ring their bells etc, however, there are some that zoom through with no regard for anyone else and pay no heed to the signs to slow down passing the playground or to give way to pedestrians. If we really need to have toilets can they please be discreet, perhaps closer to where the bus stops are on Dandenong Road so as not to encroach on the park anymore than necessary.
  • Idunno 5 months ago
    1. I agree with all suggestions to include toilets at multiple locations especially in close proximity to BBQ areas. 2. Due to the linear nature of the park, I think each of the various main sections could each sustain BBQs together with tables.3. I agree with the suggestions for path lighting (should be pole mounted) over the full length of pathways. 4. I would like to see one or more ponds created to attract and provide habitat for waterbirds; perhaps within the north end of Boyd Park. Such would create a good transition to, and connection with, the ponds within the Urban Forest over Dandenong Road.5. I like the heavy section post & rail fencing to the south of Neerim Road, and for some of the fence on Dandenong Road. There are other sections of similar post and rail fence that are in poor condition - some of that on Dandenong Road & the north side of Neerim Road which I suggest be renewed to match the sections that are in good condition.6. Agree with the need for some more adventurous play equipment for older children / teenagers. Good examples of such equipment can be seen in Halliday Park, Mitcham.
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    • Informed 5 months ago
      The Adventure Playspace in Valley Reserve (City of Oakleigh) is an amazing, natural environment play space for broad ages. I’d imagine similar type equipment would enhance school and scouting activities too.
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      • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
        Thanks InformedThat is a great space, set in a natural bushland area. We visited a few months ago and have discussed with the designers. We have proposed this type of nature play space in and around the existing playground. regardsRec & Open Space
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        • Informed 5 months ago
          Great. Everybody loves a ‘flying fox’ and there are some great slopes/inclines to base one on near the existing playground. Kids always scramble for the birds nest-type swinging things - and love the helix climbing frames. Maybe also something to get dizzy on, balance on etc. Also, some play areas that are bush like and not overly manicured and gardened. Kids like finding sticks, building shelters (see Urban Forest too) and dragging their new stick friends home. As most school grounds are now paved and Astro turfed, it provides an important point of difference.
  • jas 6 months ago
    The Scout Hall is a thriving part of the local community, the area is kept tidy, the group has plenty of members to keep it viable... all the things that the existing landscape management plan (section 707, page 57) outlined. Steve Dimopoulos on February 9, 2016 in his blog made a statement of "The Caulfield/Murrumbeena Scout Hall is staying exactly where it is – there has never been any plan to remove it. Our plan has been, and continues to be retaining public amenities, increasing open space and making them more accessible." So why investigate relocating it?
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    • garred 6 months ago
      Absolutely this is outrageous and complete betrayal that they suggest touching our Scout Hall.It is thriving and offers so much to our local community.
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      • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
        Hi jas and garredThe suggestion is to explore potential relocation of the Scout Hall or groups; not remove it without an alternative. As part of this process we have been in discussions with Scouts Victoria and we will continue to as opportunities arise.Kind regardsThe Rec & Open Space Team
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        • jas 6 months ago
          Hi Rec and Open Space Team, There seems to be some disconnect with what you've said. We've been in contact with Scouts Victoria about this, and they do not have any record on file of being contacted by anybody about your proposal, and are unaware of any plans for our hall.
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          • Dianne H 6 months ago
            Hi Rec and Open Space Team, Murrumbeena Primary School Have identified the Scout Hall as their place to evacuate to in an emergency. It is safe, with facilities, and contained with fencing to enable full checks of those evacuated. How will you manage a new location that can be accessed so easily for young children?9th Caulfield (Murrumbeena) Scout Group is one of the few groups that have such significance in their name and scarf..ie Murrumbeena in the name and the frog badge on the scarf. No other group in Australia has a frog badge. Why does 9th Caulfield? Because Murrumbeena is the land of the swamp frog. That is such a community legacy to teach our youth. How crazy would it be to represent a place that we could not meet in!And then to find that Scouts Victoria know nothing of your plans! Really. I would also like to know why there are NO flyers in the Glen Eira pamphlet location at the crossing in the Murrumbeena shopping area? Why have you not notified rate payers who border the park? Why have you not placed this information on your ‘new’ page on the Glen Eira website? Why name the who proposal the ‘ Glen Eira Outer Circle Railway Management Plan’ when the park name as changed to Boyd Park (as per the Glen Eira Council Website)? Why have you included Springthorpe Park under this title because it was NEVER part of the Outer Circle Railway Line? It all sounds like a smokescreen to me and keeping the information under wraps to limit responses!
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            • garred 6 months ago
              Absolutely couldn’t agree more.Enough is enough
            • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
              Hi DianneAppreciate your comments. Just to reiterate there is no suggestion to remove the Scout Hall unless there is an agreeable alternative. We have been in discussions with Scouts Victoria regarding a range of issues - I will send you a direct email with further details.The Outer Circle Railway Management Plan is an update of the previous plan from 2004 which included Springthorpe Gardens and Riley Reserve. They are included in the overall plan as they are connected spaces - however each has a separate landscape plan and character vision. Kind regardsThe Rec & Open Space Team
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              • Informed 6 months ago
                Hi Rec and Open Space Team, rather than selectively email information, perhaps it’s time to actively inform the community on what studies you have already commissioned and what plans already exist for this area. There’s little wonder the community has is highly cynical with scant trust for ‘consultation’ processes.Also, what exactly does the possible ‘relocation of groups’ mean? Surely this is not a suggestion to demolish the hall and merge scouting groups outside of the community into Malvern or Moorabbin...?
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                • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
                  Hi InformedWe emailed details of our Scouts Victoria contact - due to privacy as opposed to secrecy. There are no other plans for the Outer Circle Railway. We are after everyones feedback on the plans being presented. Relocation of groups is in the context of scouting across reigon - and in this instance would only occur if there was an agreeable alternative - hence our discussions with Scouts Victoria. We have distributed information flyers to 800 properties in the area, installed park signage and had Council staff on-site promoting the consultation. There will be further information in November's GE News which is distributed to every household in Glen Eira and we'll post on Facebook shortly. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
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                  • Informed 6 months ago
                    Hi Rec and Open Space Team, Your (possible) discussions with Scouts Victoria are not discussions with the local community that would be affected by the 'relocation of scout groups' from their local community. An 'agreeable alternative' to a state-wide body is not the same as an 'agreeable alternative' to the community that will be impacted. It's not hard to imagine this as a repeat of the dismal 'consultation' practices of the LXRA (level crossing) project. Particularly as your reports are all stamped ASPECT Studios - the same crowd in charge of designing the LXRA's open spaces project. so what is the alternative being offered to this location? Surely there must be some plan for this?
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                    • Dianne H 6 months ago
                      Hi Informed, I totally love your perspective. I totally agree and I am a scout but the local community and the scout local community has always been a priority. Please keep commenting because you are clearly very observant!
                    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
                      Hi InformedWe have discussed the propsed Murrumbeena Park Community Hub with Scouts Victoria (sorry can't post the link - there was an announcement earlier this year - the State Govt is contributing $2million towards the project, and Scouts were listed as a possible tenant). This was to gain an understanding of what types of facilities would be required and then if it would be feasible. Scouts have some unique requirements and it was great to get a better understanding of this. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
                  • Informed 5 months ago
                    Hi Rec and Open Space Team, You seem to be working at the ‘Consult,’ low level end of the community engagement spectrum (surveys, online forums, information sessions etc). In order to provide feedback, particularly in relation to the Scout Hall, it’s important to provide analysis, alternatives and decisions. Can you provide these? Also, how will the local children/youth who will be potentially the most heavily impacted be engaged to provide feedback on their needs? How will their needs be monitored and evaluated in relation to the needs of lobby groups such as Bicycle Network Victoria?
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                    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
                      Hi Informed Thanks for your comments. If the needs of the 9th Caulfield Scouts can potentially be met elsewhere, then further consultation will occur. At this stage we are still in the feasibility stage of the Murrumbeena Pavilion (Community Hub) redevelopment - we hope to have some draft concepts in the near future for community comment. Given the changes to the Scout interface with grade separation space, and based on your experience, do you have any thoughts on how the Scout Hall area could altered or further integrated into the park to provide better opportunities for the Scout group?RegardsRec & Open Space Team
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                      • Mr E 5 months ago
                        Hi Rec Services, I seriously doubt the needs of the local scouting community at 9th Caulfield can be met elsewhere.Having Scouts share a facility with sporting groups (e.g. footy/cricket club) doesn't really work - unlike those clubs, scouts require a specific type of building (hall with fireplace) that also has fenced grounds for security during sleepovers, etc. and that allows construction of temporary external structures, various standard scout activities involving fire, digging, etc. None of these things really mesh with sharing a facility with a typical sports club.Better to work with the local scouting community to ensure the hall remains in Boyd Park - Whether in its current position, realigned, or shifted to somewhere close (e.g. the compulsory purchase block next door, as someone suggested) and ensure this valuable resource continues to provide benefits now and for generations to come.
              • Dianne H 6 months ago
                Hi Rec & Open Space Team, an update to the 2004 plan with NO physical walking if the parks. You have just used the information in the old plan because the scout hall sold all the boats some 8 years ago.Also, you do not address my queries regarding the lack of notification. I think the local community would like to understand why you have done so little.
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                • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
                  Hi Dianne We have undertaken a similiar process to other master plan consultaitons, to date we have distribted 800 flyers to properties in the area, installed 5 signs at key locations in the park, there's an article in November Glen Eira News, posted on Council's website and Facebook page and had staff in the park doing intercept interviews. RegardsRec & Open Space Team
              • mtame 5 months ago
                What’s an “agreeable alternative”?? Who gets agree - the residents didn’t “agree” to Skyrails but we got it. I know that’s State politics vs local council but the residents have had enough of being lied to with pandering terms such as “agreeable alternative” please clarify!!
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                • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
                  Hi mtameTo clarify, that would be a location that the group would prefer. An example of this is the future Murrumbeena Park Pavilion redevelopment. We have discussed the building needs and spatial requirements with Scouts Victoria. The feedback from everyone involved at 9th Caulfield has been fantastic. Do you have any suggestions on things that could be incorporated into the area to further enhance Scouts? Kind regardsRec and Open Space Team
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                  • Informed 5 months ago
                    Hi Rec Service, Do you mean suggestions to incorporate for Murrumbeena Park Pavillion? Or for its current location and Boyd Park? If Murrum Park Pavillion, then a Scout group with a program based heavily on the natural environment would likely need a bush like environment with 150+ year old trees and a bush-like environment surrounding it...for starters. The rest could be ascertained by meeting with the actual group, I would imagine.
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                    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
                      Hi InformedJust seeking feedback around Boyd Park at this stage. We met with 9th Caulfield earlier this week. Like you say that end of Boyd Park has a really unique environment. It would be great to look at ways the Scout area can contributed to that. Fencing and signage are some possibilities. regardsRec & Open Space Team
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                      • Informed 5 months ago
                        Replacement of fencing and signage would uplift visual appeal - even some vertical slat timber fencing in some areas, but there are many options. The mosaic signage could be improved too. Perhaps interpretation information (eg like in Mallanbool Reserve) on medicinal/traditional uses for plants and the native animals using different parts of tree canopy, shrub, ground etc would be beneficial to broader community. And relevant to this environment. Rex Services and your landscape designers might get good info from the Cubs Yellow Book and Scouts Green Books (available at Snowgum) on the types of activities and disciplines covered.
    • beenablaster 5 months ago
      Hi Jas, Garred, Informed, Diane, other Murrumbeena & 9th Caulfield Murrumbeena Scout Group people and Glen Eira Council Recreation Services Team. I am a proud and passionate former 9th Caulfield Scout, Venturer and two-time Scout Leader. I just learned of this situation tonight and I want to let you, all current 9th families and the Murrumbeena Community that you are not alone and that you will have my support and that of many other former 9th Caulfield Scouting people to ensure that the current 9th Caulfield Scout Hall and vision for the group, which was built with the sweat, tears and hard earned money of scouting families and the Murrumbeena Community in the years after the group was formed in about 1951-52. Over one thousand children alone have passed through 9th Caulfield over the years and it's great to hear that the group is still thriving since I was last involved. We have contacts wtCic Acouts and enquiries will be made in the coming days to find out what is going on at that end regadding this situation.Former 9th Caulfield Scout Group representatives are now in touch with the Group Leafer after they reached out to us in the past couple of days to make us aware of the situation.I agree with the comments in this forum supporting the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall. If the Scout Group is forced to share the Hall or any other Hall, it will no doubt have a long term negative effect on the Group and Scouting in Murrumbeena in general. It's very important for all past, present and future beneficiaries of Scouting in Murrumbeena, that the identity of 9th Caulfield (Murrumbeena) Scout Group must be protected. I believe that heading down a track of share hall or the moving of from the current hall or grounds must be avoided at all costs.Historical Notes:The first Scout Troop began in Murrumbeena way back in 1913 and a second began in 1934 before 9th Caulfield (Murrumbeena) the third scouting presence in Murrumbeena began in 1951-1952. Arthur BOYD, along with one of his brothers, was a member of Murrumbeena's second Scout Group and he attended the first Australian Jamboree in Frankston in the 1930s. Arthur loved his time in Scouts, so when we approached him in the 1990s asking him if he would become the Patron of the 9th Caulfield Murrumbeena Scout Group, he replied in writing humbly accepting the offer and was honoured to be given the opportunity. This created a further link between Arthur BOYD, his group 2nd Murrumbeena (20th Caulfield), Boyd Park and Scouting in Murrumbeena in general.All for now. It's wonderful to see such support for 9th Caulfield, which has been such a vital cog in my life and many others too.Kind regardsNeil Gill Member of the 9th Caulfield Scout Group Past Members & Reunion Committee.
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      • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
        Hi beenablasterThank you very much for your detailed post. The management plan presents a long term vision of the space, and there is no suggestion to remove the Scout Hall unless there is a suitable alternative. Based on the feedback from the 9th Caulfield group members the location is much loved, and the natural setting is crucial to the success of the group – in addition the groups has a strong historical connection to Boyd Park. Thanks again The Rec & Open Space Team
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        • beenablaster 5 months ago
          Dear Rec Services team. Thank you for your reply.
        • stame 5 months ago
          PLEASE! stop saying "there is no suggestion to remove the Scout Hall unless there is a suitable alternative". Either propose the suitable alternative so we can have an informed discussion or preferably, drop the suggestion of 'relocating' the scout hall altogether.
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          • Dianne H 5 months ago
            Hi stame, well said. Where is the transparency in the discussion with the community? Tell us your plan and then balanced comment can be made. Cheers Dianne H
          • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
            Hi stameAn upcoming redevelopment of Murrumbeena Park Pavilion has been raised as a possible location - and certainly was in our thinking at the time when the concepts for Boyd Park were developed. However the feedback to date on this consultation indicates that the 9th Caulfield group have a strong connection to Boyd Park and the natural environment down there. This feedback is greatly appreciated and will inform the next step. RegardsRec & Open Space Team
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            • stame 5 months ago
              Thanks Rec & Open Space Team for the reply.Can you please provide the plans and details for the Murrumbeena Park Pavilion redevelopment? Without this, we still have nothing we can really consider. I've also yet to hear a rationale for replacing a much-used community asset with nothing more than a path that can feasibly go anywhere. I think many have found this particularly insulting.
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              • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
                Hi stameWe are currently developing concepts for the Murrumbeena Pavilion and hope to have something soon. This process has included exploring the feasibility of other users, services and better providing for existing tenants. The idea behind relocating the Scout Hall was to extend the native planting area further along the corridor and provide a safer and more direct connection into the Djerring Trail (LXRA). As it stands you either need to cross a car parks or past the western station entrance. Now that the station and Djerring Trail is open we be able to gain a better spatial understanding of how the area operates. This is a long term management plan, so many of the actions will not be implemented immediately. Kind regardsRec and Open Space Team
          • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
            Hi stameSee response below - sorry clicked wrong reply button!!
        • garred 5 months ago
          I sincerely hope this is true and you do listen to your community.How much more can Murrumbeena take??Please make the path go around. It’s simple
  • elizabethblutman 5 months ago
    1.Please don’t relocate the scout hall. It is in a great spot and perfect environment/ natural setting for its needs. Please leave the trees and promote the natural traditional area around the scouts area.2.The park over the other side of Neerim Rd may benefit from additional older kids equipment to go with the younger kids area.The dog area is great too, however there is a GREAT need for toilets here given the proximity for children and BBQ area.3.I like the idea of connecting the urban forest over Dandenong Rd. This may make it more user friendly.Thanks
  • eperry 5 months ago
    Please do not “relocate” the Scout hall. It is part of the fabric of our community. Do not “relocate” the Scout hall just because you want to build a path – there are plenty of other options that would deliver your desired path without having to destroy another piece of my community. My youngest son loves cubs – and I love the caring, nurturing scouting community that embraces all its members. I love the scout hall. I love the buildings and their history. As you have read, there are many members of our community that have articulated beautifully the importance of the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall. I can do no more than to echo their words here and ask that you do not “relocate” our Scout hall. I know that you are reading all the comments – and I am grateful that many of our community have received responses from you. I want to point out something that I am sure you have identified yourself through those comments. Trust for you from the community is at an all-time low. When you say “relocate” we hear “remove” – especially when no detail is provided. We’ve developed this lack of trust through experience, and we need your help to rebuild that trust. Please start that process by amending your plans appropriately regarding the Scout hall.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      Thanks eperryWe are listening - and thanks for noticing. Once the consultation ends the next step in the process will be to collate the feedback and present to Council with recommended changes, this will include all the feedback received. The feedback on the Scout Hall has been great. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • ngner 5 months ago
    Please do not move the Scout Hall. My child recently started at Cubs at this hall. He asked to do so because he had seen the scouts hall and the adventure it offered. He had seen the hall and heard from others about the activities such as camping etc. which they had done within the hall and grounds. These activities are not possible in something like other generic community halls - I don't think camping on an oval attached to another hall would be viable for instance.Since joining I have learnt of the long history of the hall and seen the effort and love put into the location to make it what it is today. The hall, it's location and it's history are a very large part of the organisation and attempting to move it would destroy all of that part of the organisations community capital it has built. Murrumbeena Scouts would basically be forced to become a new organisation with a massively reduced set of things it could offer. The things it could no longer offer such as camping in the grounds, engaing with the local natural environment are all the activities which are already terribly scarce in our community.
  • annvanleerdam 6 months ago
    I think an easy link across Dandenong Rd is such a great idea and one lots of people have been talking aobut. Now the Catholic School on Dandenong Rd has closed, it opens up a great possibility to link Boyd Park with the Urban Forest! YAY!
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    • ant4tyz 6 months ago
      Absolutely agree. A link between Boyd Park and Urban Forest would be fantastic. It is very common to see walkers, runners and cyclists trying to rush across Princess Hwy/Dandenong Rd between traffic, which is very unsafe. A safe crossing would also link Boyd Park (and the new Djerring Trail) all the way through to the Gardiners Creek Trail.
    • Mr E 5 months ago
      Definitely agree with this. A Boyd Park-Urban Forest link makes great sense and would be utilised daily by a varied cross-section of people.
    • Informed 5 months ago
      I think the old Catholic School is now going to be De La Salle’s year 9 campus.
    • ngner 5 months ago
      A linkbetween boyd and urban forest would be a huge improvement and enable my family to make use of this when walking a cycling
  • johnvet 5 months ago
    Please don't move the scout hall. Full stop. In a world gone mad for hand held electronic devices and suffocating safety regulations the Scouting movement continues to offer our youth opportunities for genuine adventure and physical challenge, as well as personal growth and community service. For that to happen requires physical locations, i.e. Scout Halls - and there are few anywhere in the country that are as brilliantly located or as well suited to the purpose as the 9th Caulfield Murrumbeena scout hall.Seriously. If you want to do some research, have a look at the other scout halls in the city of Glen Eira, and in the wider metro region. You won't find many that have the same safe, secluded bushland setting - right next to parkland and a train station. Perfect for firing the imagination of young adventurers.Please, please, please stop threatening to "relocate" this hall and recognise it for the extremely valuable community asset that it is.
  • Bonni 5 months ago
    Interesting discussion - here are my thoughtsIt is important to preserve the unique nature of Boyd Park South - the remnant red gums are precious and valued. Continuing the indigenous planting along the whole length of the park will create a corridor. Protection Indigenous Plants / wildlife- Water flows into the park eg from Williams st and elsewhere need to be carefully considered - increasing housing density around the park is changing the flows. - the park is being used increasingly and this increase will continue - areas need to be protected from people and dogs. Including the Nature Reserve - being used for Bush Kinder - it is being over used and the vision for a special area is being damaged by overuse - Bush Kinder is a great idea - maybe combine this with the discussion about the Scout Hall to create a safe outdoor space for children but not damaging the delicate bush. - the increasing number of dogs using the south end of the park need management - urinating on the indigenous grasses etc means that they can't grow; dogs scratching the loose soil around growing plants etc- be very careful of how lighting is increased - too much light will affect the diverse birdlife and potential for microbats etcProtecting PeopleSeparate bike paths from pedestrians and dogs as much as possible - eg bikes down Kitmont st, Arthur st Lighting needs to be carefully designed for protection but not to the detriment of the bush nature of the park and the wildlife effectsThe path into Ricourt Ave - is drawn as going staight onto the footpath - the current set up is purposely designed to separate bikes and pedestrians; backing cars at 15 / 17 /19 Ricourt AveEnhancing / ExpandingPedestrian / bike bridge over Dandenong Rd has been talked about for at least 20 years - do itExpand the indigenous planting program - including Riley Reserve - long term wildlife link with Boyd Park South via planting properly in the under rail areaPlant new River Reds and other large indigenous trees - many are dying or have been cut down by the LXRA. Continue to preserve tree trunks etc for nesting.
  • mtame 5 months ago
    Please PLEASE Glen Eira council start listening to your residents. After all the trauma Skyrails has inflicted on Carnegie/Murrumbeena you now want relocate the Scout Hall for a path??? For a PATH. My oldest Son adores being part of the cubs and I want my youngest Son to start in 2019. The location, the hall and the space available to the Scouts is perfect and should be left alone! Hands off our Scout Hall!!
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      Hi mtameThanks for your comments, much appreciated. RegardsThe Rec & Open Space Team
  • drpemorgan 5 months ago
    Re Investigate opportunities for relocation of scout hall, alternatively suggest adaptive re-use.Im thinking you will find little support from current/past scout members and their families, and I am not sure why you need a better link up between Boyd Park and the Skyrail track, there is one already exisiting. The scout hall is the base for many adventures for the young people of Hughesdale and Murrumbeena and its location at the north end of Boyd park is central to those adventures. Anyways I hope you take note of the passionate and concerned residents and revisit your community engagement strategy, Skyrail's lack of consultation was one thing don't go repeating the same mistakes.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      Thanks drpemorganThanks for your comments. We are listening and the feedback from everyone at 9th Caulfield is great.Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • johnvet 5 months ago
    I've only just been made aware of Council's plans for the Outer Circle park - not because the council has gone out of their way to inform me, but because this was brought to my attention by a fellow citizen. Where has this draft management plan been promulgated? How was I supposed to hear about it? We live just 2 houses away from Boyd park in one of the several cul de sacs that abut the park, but we have received nothing from council about this.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      Hi johnvetSorry you have just found out. Fortunately consultation closes on the 25 November so there is still time to have your say. To promoted the plans we distributed information flyers to 800 properties in the area, installed park signage at key entrances, provided information in November's Glen Eira News which is distributed to every household in Glen Eira and have posted on Facebook. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • scoutsoutdoor 5 months ago
    In relation to relocating the Scout Hall. It is important to remember that what you are trying to achieve is to have Green Spaces that encourage people to get outdoors. The scout hall in its current location allows for the Scouts to be out in nature at every opportunity. For scouting in Victoria, the hall is well attended with scouts across all age divisions represented. Because of its location, the kids learn about their environment, caring for it and understanding it's fragility. By taking part in wide games that have them out of the hall and in the park, the kids develop trust and responsibility with and for others. Though the hall upkeep and redevelopment has been helped along by council money, it is also the fundraising of Scout families and Scouts Victoria money that has kept the hall ticking over. In too many instances, scout and guiding groups get moved out of halls surrounded by nature to rooms in community centres or the like, which pushes programming to be more inside based, rather than out in the great outdoors. Our kids of today need more encouragement to get outside, not discouragement, which I believe would happen if the hall were relocated away from a natural environment.
  • gleneira 5 months ago
    I would be really sad to see the Scouts relocated from their hall on Ricourt Avenue. This site has operated as a scout hall for almost 70years and is part of the community fabric of Murrumbeena. The location is perfect for the scout hall located in a quiet dead end street with easy access to park land which the scout groups regularly make use of. Its location along the walking track also provides our many members with an easy walk or ride to get there. Over the years there has been significant community investment in this scout hall including airconditioning, heating and fencing. The building is a perfect hardwearing scout hall able to cope with balls flying about, indoor tents being pitched by our Joeys, and all of the madness and fun of scouting. Our site has heaps of storage for all of our gear and a large secure yard for camp fires for damper and toasting marshmellows. Please don't take this valuable place for local young boys and girls to learn skills of responsibility, independence and survival away from our community.
  • oneillh 5 months ago
    I am shocked that council would consider relocating the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall as part of this plan. I suggest that those behind the development of this plan actually come and visit our scout hall on a cub or scout night to fully experience how important this historic facility is to our children from Glen Eira, and how interconnected our Scout hall is with the surrounding gum trees and parkland. I want my kids to fondly remember their expeditions into Boyd Park at night playing “Capture the Flag” and not how they lost their wonderful Scout Hall as a result of a Council Planning Decision.
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    • garred 5 months ago
      Agree agree agree thank u for your comments
  • gregh 5 months ago
    Strongly against the idea of moving the 9th Caulfield (Murrumbeena) Scout Hall. Its been there serving the community for over 70 years! Many many local families (like mine) have sent their kids to this scout group which is a vital part of our community. Seems to me it would be pretty easy to build a path around it as many many local children utilise this facility and the surrounding park
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    • Dianne H 5 months ago
      Hi Gregh, I couldn’t agree with you more! A path versus a community asset that is well used by the community! Not a choice in my opinion. Cheers Dianne H
  • Carmac 5 months ago
    As a parent who resides in Glen Eira and has a child who attends the 9th Caulfield (Murrumbeena) Scout Hall, I am very upset to learn that council is considering relocating this wonderful community group. The scouting movement encourages an understanding, respect and connection with the environment and the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall is perfectly located to provide our kids with this opportunity. It is fantastic to see kids enjoying the outdoors with campfires, sleepovers, team building activities, learning life skills and exploring nature. The kids who use this Hall are strongly connected to its surroundings. Surely it makes more sense to find an alternative for a path than to remove this community asset?
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    • Dianne H 5 months ago
      Hi Carnac,Very well said! The location of the scout hall is very special and as you know is one of the very few groups who have such safe facilities in such a ‘country’ environment. I agree that moving a path that has passive use versus the scout hall that directly impacts youth...year after year after year in a very active manner shows very poor planning.Cheers Dianne
  • as74 5 months ago
    Looking through the Information Booklet for the Boyd Park South section. Why would you deviate a proposed new path (item 8 on page 9) through the existing Scout Hall building and then turn left to join to the new path under the rail line? Would it not be a clearer outcome for all users to deviate prior to the Scout hall and go remain inside the parkland boundary to then join with the new path under the rail line.As we are talking about connecting the parks together then having a path within the existing park boundaries that would actually be more direct seems to make much more sense.
  • leahsaunders 5 months ago
    Springthorpe Gardens- add a toilet, bbq and a playground, and a zebra crossing to Riley reserve to link this up. Dont increase the size of the playground at Boyd Park. Dont put seats all around Boyd Park. The area has a very social dog owners community and it would be great to keep larger areas for the dogs, and active play as it is used at the moment. Put some lights (maybe solar lights like those in Waverley Park near East Malvern station- movement activated) And a link to Urban Forest would be amazing.
  • ashamc 5 months ago
    The scout hall in Boyd Park is a vital community asset. It's location allows our children to experience scouting in a very unique location urban area. The large fenced yard around the hall lets parents be assured that their children are safe participating in night time activities such as sleepovers and campfires. If the group was relocated to anywhere else this experience would not be available to them. The children who attend ninth caulfield utilize the parkland around the hall frequently. Their scouting experience would be diminished by relocation to a less "treed" area. I can see no reason why any "link" to the park could not go around through the paths that already exist. People don't need to travel in a "straight line" through the park. Alternatively the house next to the scout hall that was acquired under the LXRA project could be demolished and used for access.
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    • garred 5 months ago
      Completely agree. This scouting group has been around for a long time and is well supported. Please leave alone
  • Dianne H 5 months ago
    I agree as a parent that having toilets near the BBQ’s are a good idea.I have a concern though that it then could become a place where people on drugs can shoot up, etc after hours which becomes a concern for parents and other users during the day.It is not a simple decision and I hope Council have some advice and experience in this regard.
  • Rikki 5 months ago
    Some thoughts on the Boyd Park South plan:The management plan makes some comments about the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall which seem to imply that the hall is somewhat redundant or surplus to requirements. In fact this hall is used by an active community of joeys/cubs/scouts and is also hired weekly to a martial arts group. Since 2010 the state government has contributed $30,000 to renovate the kitchen and bathroom, and this was matched by funds raised by the scout group. 3 years ago the floor was replaced with $10,000 of federal government funds, again matched by $10,000 raised by the group. $8,000 was provided by Bendigo Bank in 2013 for air conditioning of the hall. Last year the group paid $2,000 to treat termites in the hall. This is on top of the regular costs to maintain the hall and surrounds. The council pay nothing towards the maintenance of the hall. So although this space would make a lovely pathway entrance to the park, there needs to be some discussions with the Murrumbeena scout community (and not Scouts Victoria) before deciding its future. The Boyd Park South space is not just used by dog walkers and cyclists. The joeys/cubs/scouts use the grassed area for outdoor activities. It would be ideal if the cycle path was on one side of the park and not in the middle of it to increase the usable grassed space.The school crossing over Neerim Road should be changed to be a full zebra crossing, or removed. Kids don't know the difference and don't realise that school crossings don't operate on weekends and at night. Finally, I think the mosaic in Boyd Park South is outdated and silly. Time to get rid of it.
  • annvanleerdam 6 months ago
    We use these parks all the time with our teenager and pre schooler. We love these parks. I have heard people talk of safety issues around having toilets at the park. I know that this is a factor to consider. I also know how not having toilets creates inaccesability issues. I have spoken to the staff at St Michael's Aged Care facility. They have said that if there were toilets at the park, residents would be able to access the park and that they would advocate for it. It is the same for meeting young children's toileting needs. To have a picnic or celebration in the park is hard because there are no toilet facilites. The 'Local' approach is unfair to most of us who use the park who are locals. 5 minutes to walk home to use the toilet is too long if you are of any age or ability with incontinance issues. To make the park more accessible and functional - especially in Boyd Park around the picnic or play areas we do need toilets.
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    • fcaster1 5 months ago
      Yes park needs toilets and how wonderful not to just consider children and parents but the elderly too. An outing to the park would be a lovely experience for the aged. They are Glen Eira residents too!!
  • gig 6 months ago
    1. ground lights along footpath trail would increase safety2. upgrade of additional play equipment to accommodate older primary school children such as climbing frames, spider swings etc as plenty of murrumbeena primary school children would like to use it, but it is too young for them3. to ensure community security and safety do not install toilet facilities4. install a tennis wall and basket ball hoop like in treyvaud park5. installation of turf instead of seeds for lawn as seeds will not work due to heavy use of locals and dogs. Install sprinklers to water grass6. replace trees that were cut down and some that offer shade
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    • daptokid 5 months ago
      Please explain how community safety and security are impacted by the installation of toilet facilities? On the face of it this sounds like baseless scaremongering.
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      • fcaster1 5 months ago
        Correct locals who back onto park do not want this, by the sounds?They need reminding they do not own the park, its for everybody
  • daptokid 5 months ago
    The lack of public toilet facilities especially near the barbecue area and also the children's playground has been sadly lacking for many years. Please add my voice to those asking for the installation of an Exeloo type facility.
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    • fcaster1 5 months ago
      Yes I agree, toilets badly needed. I have seen small children relieving themselves at Boyd park, unacceptable and creepy for who knows who is lurking?Also with fantastic pathways and water and bike stations, exercise is clearly encouraged, but with that comes a need to relieve oneself... When I contacted council earlier this year to ask for toilet facilities, I was told the plan for Boyd park is for 'locals' , that is, you walk home for the toilet, then resume your park activities. Hello, the park is for EVERYBODY, not those locals who are saying, not in my back yard! Parks belong to ALL people regardless of geographical location. Please install toilets in Boyd Park
  • Lou_Cooper 5 months ago
    Scout hall – I do not know where you distributed your 800 flyers but I live within a short walk of the scout hall and have not received one.If you insist on creating a path between the under croft under the elevated rail and the south of Boyd Park, why not demolish the house next door to the scout hall, which was purchased by the government under the voluntary acquisition scheme instead? Leave the 70 odd families who currently form the scout group to enjoy their scout hall.You really need to supply details of proposed alternative locations for the scout hall so we can comment on suitability and whether the scout community could possibly be in a better location than Boyd Park. How can we expected to comment beyond “leave the scout hall alone” if we don’t properly understand the options available? A hint of using space at potentially redeveloped Murrumbeena Park is not adequate to make this a meaningful discussion about scout hall use or relocation
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
      Hi LouThanks for your comment and suggestion of utilising acquired LXRA properties. Sorry you didn't receive an info flyer - we supplemented the flyers with park signage and an article in Glen Eira News which is distributed to every house. We are currently developing concepts for Murrumbeena Pavilion and have explored a range of potential tenants outside of sporting clubs. If any options are feasible we will undertake further consultation with the Scouts. Kind regardsThe Rec & Open Space Team
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      • Informed 5 months ago
        I understand the value/benefit to the council and community in combining tenants in one multipurpose building or hub. I struggle to see how a Scout Hall would coalesce easily with a football and/or cricket club though. Scouts need to build open fires and crude structures and hammer pegs into the ground which may damage the quality of the pitch for the other clubs. How would they contain 5-15 year old kids on sleep outs? Scouts also use the broader treed environment of Boyd Park and the Urban Forest weekly.The earlier comment made above about the house next door to the Scout Hall, purchased by the government, presents an excellent opportunity. Either to create the corridor or to relocate or rebuild a Scout Hall with other like-minded, multi-tenant/multi-purpose uses . One example could be an Eco Centre/Arts space etc... By incorporating the artistic heritage of Murrumbeena (Boyds and their contemporaries), which drew from the natural environment evident in Boyd Park and the Circle Railway, this would provide further placemaking/differentiators/interest for the broader Glen Eira and surrounds communities to enjoy. Eg, sturdy rotating easel-like structures in the southern Boyd Park/Circular Railway section could provide outdoor art space for local schools, the local community and visitors alike. With additional interpretation signs (and representations of ceramic and artworks in GECC's collection) something unique could be created here. (Posted here in response to Rec & Open Space Team query below.)
  • Informed 6 months ago
    Hi Rec and Open Space Team, On page 62 of your Landscape Concept Management Plan table it states: 'Consider future opportunities for scout hall activities and building location.' The next column lists that this is 'partially complete' with 'GECC to confirm.' What does this mean? What is partially complete? Please provide detail.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Hi informedSorry to repeat a previous pose.... We have discussed the propsed Murrumbeena Park Community Hub with Scouts Victoria (sorry can't post the link - there was an announcement earlier this year - the State Govt is contributing $2million towards the project, and Scouts were listed as a possible tenant). This was to gain an understanding of what types of facilities would be required and then if it would be feasible. Scouts have some unique requirements and it was great to get a better understanding of this.
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      • Informed 5 months ago
        Hi Rec Services,Are you referring to the redevelopment of the Murrumbeena cricket/football pavilion? The lack of consultation with the actual local community and scout hall families (which will be impacted) about their facilities and requirements is a surprising failure on GECC’s part. Was Cricket Victoria consulted about Murrumbeena Cricket Club’s needs? Was Murrumbeena Football Club consulted directly about their needs or did GECC go to the state governing body instead? Where the report says ‘partially complete,’ what does this mean? Here’s a link I found:https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/document-resources/media-releases/2018/041719-funding-announced-for-king-george-pavilion-and-murrumbeena-park.pdf
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        • Admin Commented Recreation Services 5 months ago
          Hi InformedYes Murrumbeena Pavilion and Hall at Murrumbeena Park on Kangaroo Road. We have been speaking to tenant clubs and other potential users about the development of this building. Council, clubs and peak bodies have been advocating for an upgrade for many years. 'Partially complete' refers to discussions being underway - much of this plan has been in development for some time. We are still investigating what is feasible at Murrumbeena Park, and community feedback will also be sought. Thanks for posting the link.Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • ant4tyz 6 months ago
    Thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback. In the information booklet it states "Proposed park lighting at regular intervals" for Boyd Park north only. Members of our family use the whole length of the Boyd Park footpath to walk from Hughesdale train station home each evening. Often in the dark, particularly in winter. We also use Springthorpe Gardens if walking from Murrumbeena Station. The addition of lighting along these paths would make it much much safer for all. Plus now would be the perfect time to install some lighting, while the ground is already highly disturbed. Modern Solar+LED technology works really well and is very cost effective. Footpath lighting would also be great for anyone walking their pets and exercising after dark.
  • stame 6 months ago
    The Scout HallAny consideration to "relocate" the scout hall without any substantiation on the need to do so, or the proposed options, are purely antagonistic. The scout hall does not exist as an island that can simply be transplanted. It is intrinsically connected to the park. The park delivers safe pedestrian access, a 'bush' surrounding as well as opportunities for learning about local history and exploration/game play.Unless you are going to provide reasons why it should be moved and genuine proposals for alternatives, then you really have no choice but to leave such inflammatory statements out of these documents and plans. To simply respond by saying "we are discussing it" or "we are just thinking about it" is not good enough. You certainly are not discussing it with the people that matter and until you have a fully formed thought, then you should probably just wait.Courtesy would suggest you would directly contact the families currently using the hall in the first instance but unfortunately that is always in short supply in these processes.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Hi stameGrade separation has changed the aspect and character of this park; specifically with the new shared pathway and car park. The southern end of Boyd Park has a very strong indigenous planting theme and this is fairly unique and sensitive. The proposal shows an extension to this area and also a way to move people safely from the LXRA path and Boyd Park - without going to the station or across a car park. There is no suggestion to relocate the Scout Hall unless an agreeable alternative is found. This consultation is your chance to 'have your say', along with all other park users, residents and stakeholders - all at the same time. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
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      • stame 6 months ago
        Thanks for the response but I cannot see the sense in shifting that blue dotted line (#8 on the Boyd Park South diagram) into the existing scout hall. It looks like you have gone out of your way to propose the path there. We have already fought this battle and were assured by many authorities that the LXRA project would not require the relocation of the hall and now you are citing LXRA reasons for wanting to do so. Again, you have made bland, qualifying statements like "unless an agreeable alternative is found", so unless you have some proposed alternatives, then there can be no real meaningful consultation. I think it is incumbent on you to either give detailed information on the alternatives or drop the relocation proposal. Please provide more detail so we can give balanced and fair consideration.
  • stame 6 months ago
    The Process. The documents do not have a 'key' to show the meaning of the coloured lines both dotted and solid. I'd hate to think of the costs to council to produce these documents and for this to not get picked up by any proof readers. You must remember your audience when producing such publications.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Thanks stameWe thought the text box desciptions provided adequate explaination. But you are right, many of these cross over pages and things like the on-road bike lanes and footpath connections could be much clearer. Thanks againRec & Open Space Team
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      • stame 6 months ago
        There are no text box descriptions" in the Information Booklet at all. This is the document I read first naturally. I do see a legend in the other documents but they are very small and hard to read/comprehend.
  • stame 6 months ago
    Riley Reserve. I love the idea of making this into an 'event' space suitable for gatherings, meetings, performances, displays etc. It is a good size and centrally located and with the rail fencing gone, accessible. To make it a thoroughfare to nowhere in particular seems a wasted opportunity.
  • stame 6 months ago
    Boyd Park North. #7. Seating note required here at all. This is one of the limited open spaces for ball sports/games. Seats here would be a hazard and in constant shade and rarely used. Seats are more suited to the BBQ area and surrounds.#8 Why relocate the pergola? To where?Toilets are desperately needed in this park. We tried to host a child's birthday party and I spent the whole time ferrying family members back to our house to use the loo. Almost all other GE parks have them except this one.
  • Rmf 6 months ago
    We need a better vision!The vision for the plan is not really a vision but a set of principles. A better vision should be created that relates to how the community would like to see the parks used. For example the vision could say something like: Boyd Park and Riley Park are important connectors along routes linking regionally significant bike routes, but more than that, they encompass a range of places where local people of all ages are keen to walk, play, meet, exercise, appreciate indigenous history, enjoy photogenic scenery through historic gates and rejuvenate whilst spotting wildlife amongst old red gums and other local vegetation. What do others think? Can this vision be improved? Let’s come up with a really good one that can actually be featured in the park as part of its design. It might be on a sign or embedded into the pathway near an entrance. Maybe Boyd Park and Riley Park deserve their own visions!
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    • Informed 6 months ago
      Yes, reading through the plans gives a strong sense of the 'design' revolving along convenient pathways for cyclists. For example, I don't understand why two shared pathways in the southern section would be required to link to the path under the railway. They would be within about 20 metres of each other. It appears from the Management Plan and Landscape Concepts that the scout hall will be demolished to make way for 6 lollypop trees and a duplicated pathway.
    • paulcaine 6 months ago
      I can see all that clearly
  • paulcaine 6 months ago
    Riley Reserve is almost back to square one, as is now just about a blank canvas waiting to be revisioned. I think this area could be revisioned into a open woodland area revegetated using indigenous plants (not native) . This would reinforce the link via the Skyrail open space to the southern end of Boyd Park and on. The long term health of the remnant river red gums should be a priority in this plan. But there is little action support our biodiversity in this plan. Plantings in Riley Reserve will bring the native birds and bats etc. this will help protect our biodiversity and natural heritage.
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    • Informed 6 months ago
      I don't understand why the Landscape Concepts and Master Plans have a path bisecting the middle of Riley Reserve. Why not maintain the amenity of the park and have the path run along the perimeter alongside the existing roadside, thereby leaving the park for informal recreation? This park has previously been used for informal touch cricket or football by local residents. Why unnecessarily remove amenity and add risk with a path through the middle?
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      • paulcaine 6 months ago
        all good questions
  • Marcxus 6 months ago
    People use that big open space in North Boyd Park (near the playground) for dog playing and for ball games.It would be good to have an area set aside and signed for the dog off leash area and another (signed) for ball games.Playing ball games in the off leash area can be hazardous if some dog poo is lying around.
  • Iguanee 6 months ago
    Toilets near the children’s play area and bbq would be great. My children used to wee on the big gum tree which is probably why it’s so big. When they were toilet training we just didn’t choose this park. It’s a lovely area to spend time and the trees and open areas are lovely.
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    • garred 6 months ago
      I agree.Ps I accidentally pressed the alert moderator button, it’s very close on phone to the Like button
  • kieranjdonoghue 6 months ago
    I use many of the local parks as a runner, walker and sometimes cyclist. So i particularly value good links between parks, public toilets and water fountains. I support the comments already made asking for a toilet in Boyd Park. A direct link from boyd park to urban forest for walkers and wheels would be great.
  • jelodrake 6 months ago
    It's essential that the crossing for cycling link to Urban Forest Reserve also include a safe link from Urban Forest Reserve to Scotchman's trail. Not only will it help join communities, but also provides a safe corridor for people to travel away from cars.
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    • kieranjdonoghue 6 months ago
      I'm all for improving links between our green spaces/trails. Given there are always competing priorities, i'm curious why you think Urban forest - Scotchman's trail requires a new safe link. My recollection of this route is there is a pedestrian crossing at waverley road where urban forest meets it that allows access to the trail that runs by the freeway. Then there's a pedestrian overpass at warrigal road to access scotchman's creek. Linking Boyd Park - urban forest seems to me to be more valuable given the pedestrian crossing across dandenong road is a few hundred metres away and it's such a major road.
  • Rmf 6 months ago
    The entrance to the park at the end of Packer Street should not be closed. This is a significant entry point that should be kept it is used by a lot of people including people coming much further from the east who enjoy a quieter side street route rather than having to walk along the busier Neerim Rd.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Hi RmfThere is no plan to close this entrance.Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • Rmf 6 months ago
    Boyd Park South could be vastly improved by changing the design to emphasise the large trees in larger landscape areas so the park is no longer dominated by the path. The park would feel much larger if the path were relocated along Kitmont Street and Kitmont Street redesigned to include a separate pedestrian pathway and a go slow lane shared by bicycles and vehicles. It could be made to feel more like part of the park. This would also be safer for pedestrians as they would be protected from bikes.
  • Rmf 6 months ago
    The plan talks about nature play and vegetation management but has given no consideration to habitat values. There should be specific habitat objectives. Tall trees are good and provide one type of habitat. But other lower level vegetation should also be specifically planned to create and protect habitat for small birds, skinks etc who are more at home in shrubs and smaller trees. An expert must be engaged to do this habitat planning to supplement the recreation planning in the plan. This will enrich everyone’s joy in the park, particularly children as they will be able to spot and enjoy a much wider variety of wildlife. There are proven health benefits to bringing people closer to nature.
  • annvanleerdam 6 months ago
    And just one more comment/ question from me-Could we think about designing Riley Reserve so that it can be a place where local events/Christmas Carols/outdoor cinema/markets/community picnics could be held? Not many people used this space in the past, if it is a connecting point now between the two sides of the tracks, then wouldnt it be great if it wasnt just a thoroughfare, but a point of connection? The spaces designed for Murrumbeena's central areas -that are under the skyrail- are just carparks. Best practice in design for vibrant commuities say that we need a space for community connection, both formal and informal.
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Thanks for your comments. We are certainly conscious of the impact of both grade separation and Melb Water works will have on Riley Reserve. You are correct that both the connection to the shared user path and lowering of the embankment will change the character and use of the space. Providing an updated character and facilities for Riley Reserve is a key part of this process.
  • annvanleerdam 6 months ago
    What other consultation opportunities will we have to input?
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    • Admin Commented Recreation Services 6 months ago
      Hi annvanleerdamCouncil staff will be in the park seeking further comment on the Management Plan at various times. Additionally you can provide feedback via email or call the Recreation and Open Space Team on 9524 3333. Remember this is a Management Plan that will guide future upgrades and projects. When larger projects, like the play space, are upgraded we will seek further input on a design. Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
  • annvanleerdam 6 months ago
    The upgrade to the childrens play area will be great. It is already such a great park. The beauty of it is that children can be seen at all times. Talking to other parents, we say that this park is the best because of good visability, and it is good for parents groups/groups of famiilies to come to becuase parents can have a conversation with each other while supervising the children. Parks like Murrumbeena Park on Kangaroo Rd are great, but it is not possible to have a conversation with another adult if I want to keep an eye on my young child - even harder to have groups of children with different abilites. Boyd Park playground has been great in its diversity but especially in its visibility qualities. Also could be please not have spiky plants with colorful berries planted around the play area? I was also wondering about how we as a community to think about the spacial relationship between the dog off lead park and the playground? This issue really needs to be worked out before access to the park opens up again. This is a great opportunity to iron out some ways of being that haven't been working well for a long time.
  • Beena B 6 months ago
    In the 'Active Areas' it would be good to provide an area for tweens/teenagers like a basketball hoop, flying fox, climbing wall or outdoor ping pong table, etc. Their needs don't seem to have been considered yet, we need age-appropriate outdoor activities to encourage them to use our parks!