Construction starts on the Banyul Warri Fields Recreation and Play Zone

Media Release


19 November 2015

Joint release with:

Gayle Tierney

Member for Western Victoria

Rose Hodge

Mayor of Surf Coast Shire

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Construction started today on a $1.4 million Youth and Recreation Play Zone project in Torquay, a purpose-built venue for young people and families to meet for sports and play.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government would provide $500,000 towards the project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government's $350 million Community Development Grants Programme is delivering more than 300 community projects right across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are committed to helping local government deliver projects, such as this one, which have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who joined members of Council and the community in Torquay today to mark the start of works, said the infrastructure project once completed would be a real community asset.

“This project will provide young people and families with purpose-built recreation spaces as well as the perfect venue for outdoor public events,” Ms Henderson said.

“The addition of a specific area to cater for primary to junior secondary school aged children, in addition to the toddler to pre-school playground is wonderful—this is an example of a successful community consultation process.”

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, who was also present for to mark the start of works, said works would also include the construction and fit-out of play areas and a skate park.

“This is a great example of a project that increases the liveability of our community while also promoting physical activity and community interaction,' Ms Tierney said.

Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge said Council was pleased to partner with both the Australian and Victorian governments so that this project could become a reality.

“Council has worked closely with the Australian and Victorian governments to deliver some great recreation facilities for our community across the shire over recent years,” Cr Hodge.

“Adding a skate park, playground facilities, shelters and green space to the fantastic facilities at Torquay north will provide a great asset for the growing number of young people and families that are calling Torquay home.  We look forward to seeing these facilities in action in 2016.”

The Australian Government will provide $500,000, the Victorian Government $50,000 and Surf Coast Shire $850,000 to the Banyul Warri Fields project.