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Urban Renewal of Kilburn and Blair Athol Open Space

Council’s overall goal is to create a vibrant and attractive city that is well-planned, with safe and healthy places to live, work and play. When it plans ahead, Council takes into account changing population demographics, changing community needs and shifts in leisure trends such as the increasing demand for structured recreation activities. One of Council’s key priorities is to provide community facilities that will benefit as many people as possible in the local community. The new open space on Dover Street will provide regional stormwater management benefits through a detention basin as well as providing usable landscaped open space, recreation and community function for the surrounding residents.

The project site consists of the two open space parcels and a section of Crawford Street, as shown on the site plan. A portion of Anson Street is also included into the project site; the objective is to integrate this section of the road reserve into the open space and manage traffic flows in this location. The existing Rushworth Reserve is not part of this project.

The key objectives of the open space project are:

  • Provide a regional stormwater solution to manage stormwater flooding in the local area
  • Explore innovative ways to use landscape design to provide stormwater management integrated with recreation facilities as well as providing vegetation planting
  • Improve the provision of accessible and functional recreation open space for the existing and new community in Blair Athol.

As part of the upgrade of this reserve, the first round of community engagement for the Dover Street Reserve project occurred on Saturday 01 September 2018 on site at Dover Street in Blair Athol. There was a good turn out from the local community and some valuable ideas and information gathered. The information will provide guidance to the design team in preparing concepts for the Dover Street Reserve.

The open space project on dover street aims to increase the open space in the suburb of Blair Athol to support the future redevelopment of the area. For more information on the broader context of Blair Athol and the Urban Renewal project visit the project overview page: