Council welcomes federal funding for Merricks Station Ground Reserve

Published on 07 March 2019

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Council welcomes federal funding for Merricks Station Ground Reserve

7 March 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire welcomes a $982,050 grant through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund that will contribute towards the enhancement and activation of Merricks Station Ground Reserve. 

The grant will support the Shire’s nearly $1 million major contribution to the vital $1.98 million upgrade to the only open space available for residents and visitors in Merricks. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor and Red Hill Ward Councillor David Gill joined Minister Greg Hunt onsite on Tuesday 5 March 2019 to receive the news and thanked the federal government for matching Council’s funding.

“This grant, together with Council’s contribution, will assist in developing the facilities and spaces that support the ongoing use of Merricks Station Ground Reserve as an equestrian venue, it will also go towards adding facilities and access for public and community use”.

Features of the project include:

  • delivering functional and beautified open spaces
  • BBQ facilities
  • refurbished public toilets
  • fitness and agility equipment
  • upgraded equestrian amenities
  • way-finding and informational signage.

Mayor Gill added “the upgraded precinct will bring together the equestrian and general community groups and foster a harmonious and collaborative use of this treasured township space, while protecting and enhancing the natural, heritage and cultural value of the reserve”.

“We look forward to seeing a tired looking space transformed into a vibrant, inclusive and accessible community space suitable for all”.

PICTURE CAPTION: (L – R) Shire’s Executive Manager Infrastructure Strategy & Climate Change Davey Smith, Shire’s Team Leader Infrastructure Planning Chris Munro, Shire’s Chief Operating Officer Niall McDonagh, Shire’s Project Officer - Open Space Nicole Fitzpatrick,  Seawinds Councillor Frank Martin, Mayor Gill, Jenny Moore, Tahiti (horse), Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper, Minister Hunt, Ray Winslow and Shire’s Infrastructure Grants and Advocacy Facilitator Nicole Catsicas at Merricks Station Ground Reserve.