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Cr Tim Dark - Keysborough Ward (Council News Article November 2021)

Cr Tim Dark Keysborough Ward

Council’s City Improvement Projects are at the core of enhancing our sport and recreation facilities. In Keysborough we have a number of these projects coming to fruition.

As part of rolling out the Frederick Wachter Reserve Masterplan, the much loved wetland area is being expanded to improve its water quality and biodiversity. Council is planting thousands of new trees and smaller plants, which will create a more enjoyable place for local residents and improve habitat for native wildlife. We can also look forward to a new boardwalk and walking path network.

Following community consultation in 2020, the final design of the Frederick Wachter Reserve Playground has been completed. There was strong support for both the ‘Market Garden’ and the ‘Wetland’ theme to be integrated into the final design. The playground will include junior and senior play zones as well as water and sand play facilities. Kids will have access to swings, trampolines, monkey bars, a rope course, climbing wall and more, complemented by more shade. 

Construction of Stage 1 of the playground works is scheduled to commence in early 2022. The existing playground will be retained until future stages of the new playground are funded. 

Not far from Frederick Wachter Reserve is Rowley Allan Reserve, which is also undergoing improvements. The long term vision is to make the reserve a high standard multi-purpose sporting space for cricket, Australian Rules football, lawn bowls and netball.

Following community input, an initial focus for improvement will be the upgrade of the netball court area. Also in the concept plan are improvements to cricket nets, a new pavilion and car park, new playground, half basketball court, fitness equipment and creating a path around the oval’s perimeter for exercise. 

As a Keysborough resident since childhood, I am committed to the ongoing development of services and facilities for our rapidly growing community. 

Please contact me anytime on 0466 403 914 or email