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Keysborough South Community Hub Consultation

Site Selection – Tatterson Park

The City of Greater Dandenong is excited to announce Tatterson Park – a 50ha Council owned reserve – as the selected location for the much anticipated Keysborough South Community Hub.

The Community Hub will incorporate a variety of community services and multi-purpose facilities and spaces.

Key features of the Community Hub
(as previously proposed in consultation with the community)

  • Community meeting rooms
  • Kindergarten rooms
  • Child care rooms
  • Maternal and Child Health consulting suites
  • Community lounge
  • Outdoor community / play spaces

A new access road into the Tatterson Park is proposed from Chapel Road / Villiers Road to improve access for local residents east of the Reserve. This long planned Villiers Road extension will be completed as part of the project, in accordance with the Tatterson Park Master Plan (2004).

Proposed locations

Two locations within Tatterson Park have been identified for the Keysborough South Community Hub. Council seeks your feedback on your preferred option.

View the options here

 

Option 1 - north of oval 1

  • Co-located with community facilities (i.e. Springers Leisure Centre)
  • Close proximity to regional playground
  • Accessible via Villiers Rd (Chapel Rd), Cheltenham Rd and Lake Edge Drive
  • Large undeveloped area within Reserve

Option 2 - corner Chapel Road and Villiers Road (existing dog park)

  • Prominent location of Chapel Road and Dandenong Bypass
  • Easily accessible to residential areas
  • Located on future bus route
  • Land available for new dog park within Reserve
  • Accessible via Villiers Rd (Chapel Rd), Cheltenham Rd and Lake Edge Drive

 

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The consultation period will conclude on Tuesday 24 September, 5pm.

 

Proposed next steps

Following confirmation of the preferred site within Tatterson Park, Council will appoint an architect and commence the design development phase of the project. This design process will be based on the existing concept plan that was prepared in 2016 in conjunction with the community.

Proposed timelines include:

  • Design development: 2019-20 (current) financial year
  • Commence construction: 2020-21 financial year

Detailed plans of the new community hub will be placed on public exhibition prior to Council finalising the plans and progressing to the construction phase of the project.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a Community Hub needed in Keysborough South?

Keysborough South has experienced significant housing development and population growth over recent years, having increased from 5,516 residents in 2012 to 11,838 in 2019.

This surge in population has led to a significant increase in the demand for community services, in particular early years’ children’s services.

These services, in addition to a range of multi-purpose meeting rooms and spaces will be provided at the community hub, allowing opportunities for a variety of activities and programs to be offered for the community.

What facilities are proposed for the Community Hub?

Based on concept plans prepared in conjunction with the community in 2016, the community hub is proposed include:

  • Kindergarten roomsChild care rooms
  • Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and specialist consulting suites
  • Community meeting rooms
  • Community lounge
  • Supporting infrastructure such as reception, administration offices, kitchen, amenities etc.
  • Outdoor community / play spaces

Original concept plans are available to view, but are subject to change as part of the final design process.

Why was Tatterson Park chosen as the site for the Community Hub?

Tatterson Park is a high profile, Council owned reserve in Keysborough South offering a range of sport, recreation and community facilities and providing a focal meeting place for the community.

This 50ha reserve extends from Lake Edge Drive in the west to Chapel Road in the east – a major collector road that stretches from Cheltenham Road in the north to Hutton Road in the south.

The Tatterson Park location will therefore be easily accessible for the community, with Chapel Road providing an important connection between the community hub and the new primary school and Keysborough South Shopping Centre via a continuous path network and new bus route.

Why was Tatterson Park not chosen sooner?

Tatterson Park was one of many sites originally considered by Council for the location of the community hub.

Following the State Government’s purchase of land for the new primary school, Council embarked on an extensive investigation into a number of potential locations for the community hub, including land near the new primary school. This investigation considered site profile and access, availability, affordability, site conditions (i.e. size, topography, environmental conditions), surrounding land uses and potential co-location with other community facilities and services.

Given that a suitable site close to the primary school was not found to be available for purchase, Tatterson Park was revisited, due to its ability to fulfil the identified siting criteria. Previous concerns about access into the reserve, has led Council to incorporate the previously planned access road from Chapel Road / Villiers Road into the overall project scope – thereby maximising access to the community hub and reserve for all residents.

Tatterson Park is a great option for the community and allows Council to proceed with this long awaited project.

Will both site options deliver the same facilities and services?

The community hub will include the same facilities and services, regardless of its location within Tatterson Park – with the exception of the proposed community playground.

Option 1 (north of oval 1) will not include a community playground, due to its close proximity to the existing playground and picnic facilities within Tatterson Park. This insect themed playground is a popular destination for families and is planned to be upgraded in the current financial year.

Option 2 (corner Chapel Road and Villiers Road) is proposed to include a small community playground, as per the concept plans prepared in 2016 in conjunction with the community.

What will happen to the off-leash dog park?

A new dog park will be developed within Tatterson Park, approximately 150m west from the existing dog park, if option 2 is selected as the preferred site for the community hub.

The City of Greater Dandenong recognises the importance of the off-leash dog parks for the community, and will allocate funding for the development of a new dog park under this proposal. This will will be similar in size to the existing dog park and include a secure / fenced area, park furniture, shelter, water, landscaping and path connection.

Why is a new access road into Tatterson Park required?

Vehicular access into Tatterson Park is currently limited to Cheltenham Road in the north and Lake Edge Drive in the west. Access to the reserve from the eastern areas of Keysborough South is restricted to pedestrian connections only.

The new road will improve access for local residents and encourage greater use of Tatterson Park and the extensive facilities and features that it offers.

The development of an access road from Villiers Road / Chapel Road is consistent with Council’s long term planning for the reserve. This is reflected in the Tatterson Park Master Plan (2004) and is evident from the design of Villiers Road, which allows for the future extension of the road (as shown).

How will the new access road function?

The new access road will be sealed and include traffic calming measures through Tatterson Park to limit the speed of vehicles and deter through traffic. It will be treated as a secondary access point into the reserve and aim to cater for local residents only.

Cheltenham Road will continue to be promoted as the main access into Tatterson Park.

Improved pedestrian access will also be provided as part of the project.

What are the next steps?

Following the conclusion of the community consultation process, Council will review all feedback received and select a preferred site for the community hub within Tatterson Park.

Council will then appoint an architect and commence the design development phase of the project. This design process will be based on the existing concept plan, that was prepared in 2016 in conjunction with the community.

Detailed plans of the new community hub will be placed on public exhibition prior to Council finalising the plans and progressing to the construction phase of the project.

What are the timelines for development?

Council will seek to appoint an architect for the community hub as soon as the site within Tatterson Park has been confirmed.

The design development phase of the project is planned to commence in the current 2019/20 financial year, which will include the detailed design of the facility and contract / tender documentation.

Construction of the community hub is anticipated to commence in 2020/2021.

How can I give feedback?

You can complete the online survey above or complete a hard copy survey, which are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre at the Parkmore Shopping Centre, Keysborough Shopping Centre or Springers Leisure Centre.

Alternatively, you can send a written submission to communityconsultation@cgd.vic.gov.au or phone 8571 1000.

A drop-in session will be held at the Keysborough South Shopping Centre from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 14 September where feedback can be provided in person.

The consultation process will conclude on Tuesday 24 September 2019.