New playground one step closer at Carrum Downs

Published on 30 September 2022

Sandfield Reserve

Frankston City Council Mayor Nathan Conroy joined Premier Daniel Andrews, the State Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny MP, Council CEO Phil Cantillon and locals where an election commitment of $1.3 million from a re-elected Labor Government was made towards Council’s Sandfield Reserve Precinct Revitalisation project.

With 4.5ha of open space featuring an enclosed playground, a basketball half-court with a rebound wall, and a recently upgraded skatepark and newly completed enclosed off leash dog park, Sandfield Reserve in Carrum Downs provides the ideal setting for the growing Carrum Downs and Skye families to socialise and explore.

Mayor Conroy said that families are relocating to Carrum Downs for the many desirable lifestyle lures on offer.

“Access to services, facilities and natural environment and growing demand has created the opportunity to provide a district level playground that services the growing Carrum Downs community, boasting a broad range of accessible play opportunities for all ages and abilities.

“We are now another step closer to this important grassroots project coming to life thanks to the $1.3 million election commitment made, combined with equal contributions from Council and the Federal Government,” the Mayor said.

The Sandfield Reserve Precinct will see the following works delivered as part of the precinct revitalisation, which has been developed through extensive community consultation with locals, especially local children and youth:

  • Playground upgrades for all ages and abilities.
  • BBQ and picnic area.
  • Fitness equipment.
  • Youth space and extended skate park.
  • Public toilet.
  • Enhanced landscaping, park amenity and tree planting.

Mayor Conroy added: “On behalf of Council and the local Carrum Downs and Skye communities, I’d like to thank Ms Kilkenny and the Victorian Government for their commitment towards creating even more fantastic outdoor recreation and social opportunities for our residents and visitors.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said: “Sport and recreation are the lifeblood of communities like those in Carrum. Facilities such as this bring people together and add to the fabric of what makes a great community.”

The State Member for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, said: “Upgrading Sandfield Reserve will provide so many more opportunities for families to get together, close to home, so our kids can play, learn and develop social skills.

“This is a wonderful project and another great example of all three levels of government working together to deliver great facilities for local families,” Ms Kilkenny said.

Council adopted the Sandfield Reserve Master Plan in April 2021 including preliminary concept designs, cost estimates and community consultation, which highlighted strong desire from local residents to see a range of initiatives for all ages, abilities and interests and which contributed to the development of the endorsed Master Plan.

In November 2021, Council adopted the project as a key advocacy priority in the 2022 federal and state elections, with Council committing $1.3 million towards the project and lobbying for matched contributions from local state and federal candidates.

More information on Frankston City Council’s advocacy can be found at Advocacy Campaign 2021 - 2025