Towong Shire

Talgarno Recreation Reserve Upgrades

Talgarno Recreation Reserve Upgrades

Talgarno Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, together with Council, have been successful in an application for a $212,000 grant through the Victorian Government’s Local Sport and Infrastructure Fund.

The grant is in addition to a $96,000 commitment of ratepayer funds by Council and $10,000 commitment from community groups including the Talgarno Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, Talgarno Rural Fire Brigade, Talgarno Brigade Social Club Inc. and Wises
Creek Talgarno Landcare Group.

The grant follows extensive work undertaken with the Talgarno Community, including the development of a Masterplan in 2019. The Masterplan explored the challenges the reserve faces with ageing infrastructure and proposed a plan to improve the reserve for the benefit of all users.

Home to the Talgarno Tennis Club and Taekwondo Club, the reserve is regularly used by nearby Talgarno Primary School. The upgrade will include:

  • Two synthetic grass tennis courts
  • Two multi-function courts suitable for tennis and netball
  • New fencing and drainage
  • New LED lighting across the courts
  • Shade and shelter areas

Mayor Cr David Wortmann welcomed the announcement. “Talgarno and surrounding areas have endured a lot over the last few years through drought, agriculture downturn and most recently the bushfires. With that comes many social and economic implications – this news is such a welcome relief and will help to bring people together” he said.

“The Talgarno community is passionate about sports and creating an environment where young and old alike can gather and safely participate. It is great to see such a proactive community group pursue local initiatives that are vital for the current generation and beyond” Mayor Wortmann said.

Mr David Cottee, President of Talgarno Recreation Reserve Committee of Management, said the Committee and wider Talgarno community are delighted with the announcement that will help turn the Reserve into an outstanding facility. “There are no shops in Talgarno, but there is a wonderfully tight and supportive rural community which continues to flourish with new families and children moving to the area. As a community of dedicated volunteers, the announcement of the tennis court renovations and related works has been received with great excitement” Mr Cottee said.

“Consultation for the Masterplan showed that the community considers the Reserve a focal point which is vital to the health and wellbeing of the area. The new additions will compliment recent works completed by Council in combination with discretionary funding from Helen Haines MP that saw the provision of a playground for the community” Mr Cottee said.

“I would like to acknowledge our appreciation to all those involved for their efforts in helping us to achieve such a successful result. As a community we now look forward to the next challenge of getting the job done during the current COVID-19 environment” Mr Cottee said.

Prior to the project kicking off, Council and the Talgarno Recreation Reserve Committee of Management will form a project steering group (PSG) of community stakeholder groups to oversee the project.

Last updated: 28 August 2020