Stribling Reserve Masterplan

Following extensive engagement with the community, Council endorsed the final masterplan for Stribling Reserve at the May meeting. The development of the masterplan included reviewing public comments received during the exhibition phase as well as consideration of potential funding sources. Both of these documents are available via the document library.

About Stribling Reserve

Stribling Reserve is located at 45 Otway Street, Lorne. The reserve is approximately 3 hectares in size and is adjacent to the Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 School and the Emergency Service Centre. Stribling Reserve is home to the Lorne Dolphins Football and Netball Club and the Lorne Cricket Club.It houses an indoor stadium suitable for basketball, netball and badminton.The Reserve is an important asset for Lorne and is used extensively by the Lorne Aireys P-12 College, visitors and the community.

Media release: Community voice lays foundations for Masterplan

The Stribling Reserve Masterplan will guide improvements to the key Lorne community space for the next 10 years and beyond, following Surf Coast Shire Council’s final endorsement of the plan.

Council resolved at its May meeting to adopt the plan – the result of an innovative partnership between Lorne community members and Council.

A draft masterplan was released for public comment in March and April this year, attracting 29 submissions. The feedback – which addressed areas including improved female facilities, accessibility and car parking – contributed to the final plan.

Prioritising female facilities is a key feature of the plan, along with retaining the space as a village green, and enhancing facilities for sporting groups and community organisations.

Lorne Ward Councillor Clive Goldsworthy said the final endorsement of the masterplan was a proud moment.

“To have local community members put their hand up to be part of the project group was a huge commitment and it was fantastic to see,” he said.

“These people were passionate and dedicated, ultimately providing a key voice to support our community’s needs now and into the future.”

It is estimated the total cost of the masterplan is about $3 million, with Council contributions to be considered via the budget process each year.

“It’s likely we will also need external funding to implement elements of the masterplan, so Council will be looking at how we can attract money to meet as many priorities as we can,” Cr Goldsworthy said.

“It’s important to note that the masterplan is a guide and the priorities are subject to securing funding. This is a project that will be completed in stages over a number of years.

“A proposed funding strategy has been put together, listing potential funding sources.”

As a whole, the Stribling Reserve Masterplan welcomed important community feedback. In addition to the project group, people shared input via a listening post at Lorne Football Netball Club’s bumper Easter Saturday match, a mailout to more than 320 houses neighbouring Stribling Reserve and information provided to Lorne P-12 College.