The Deep Creek Master plan identified significant development opportunities for a 48-hectare area of empty Council ‘greenfield’ land and the existing Pakenham Golf Course.
Deep Creek Reserve will include the Cardinia Community and Education Centre, a multi-user shared facility that will promote ecology, education and sport. It will also have an all abilities playground, kickabout area, new golf club rooms, shelters and barbecues, wetlands, landscaping and sensory gardens, sand and water play area, indigenous plant nursery, solar lighting, footpaths and car park.
Council is contributing $9.2million to the project, with the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund contributing an additional $2.825 million.
The community and education centre is progressing well; ground services are in, the slab has been poured, and the structural framework and external walls are up. The internal room layouts will begin in the first few months of 2019. The carpark is underway.
The all abilities play garden is well underway with the majority of the civil works complete. The landscaping within the playspace will undergo an establishment period prior to opening.
The new holes at the golf course are complete and the turf is now being established.
Landscaping, which will consist mainly of indigenous plants, is about to start. The contractor has been busy propagating plants and plantings have begun.
Works on the reserve are expected to be completed around mid-2019 with all features expected to be opened together.
Benefits for the community
Deep Creek Reserve will be a place of environmental and recreational significance in the shire, and the location of one of the area’s best all abilities playspaces. The facility will provide employment and education opportunities and demonstrate best practice in environmental sustainable design.
Activities focused on the environment will allow community members of all ages to meet, play, learn and play in the parkland.