Council Officially Opens Kowan Recreation Reserve

The City of Casey officially opened a new recreation reserve at Tulliallan Estate on Tuesday 14 May.

Council’s Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Patterson were joined by members of the Cranbourne United Soccer Club, Eastern Rebel’s Cricket Club, and representatives from the Tulliallan Resident Group and Tulliallan Primary School to open Kowan Recreation Reserve.

Located on Mountainview Boulevard, Cranbourne North, Kowan is the Traditional Owner word for Echidna, which are local to the area.

Council transformed an undeveloped greenfield site into a much-needed sporting precinct, which includes three soccer fields, a cricket oval, cricket practice nets, a playground, shared paths, car parking and a unique public art piece called Space Knot, created by Benjamin Storch.

There is also a multi-use community pavilion, which includes six changerooms, a large community space, kitchen and public amenities.

Ms Duff said Council is committed to providing the required infrastructure for all clubs across the municipality so our community can be active, healthy and connected.

“Local sport is such a vital part of our community and something Council is very proud to support,” she said.

“The construction of the new reserve and surrounding facilities will increase participation in soccer and cricket, and allow maximum use of this reserve.

“The growing Cranbourne North community now has even better access not only to local sport, but also for a range of other community activities and celebrations that will no doubt occur in this space.”

Speaking at the opening, Rebecca Hyland from the Tulliallan Resident Group said they advocated for the land in a positive way with all different stakeholders.

“We needed this green space as it’s essential for the wellbeing of everybody,” she said.

“This is just wonderful. It’s packed all the time. Even when it’s raining, there are kids playing soccer because they love it so much.”

Council received $3.3 million in funding for the project via the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Council contributed $1.1 million towards the $10.7 million project and $6.3 million was received via developer contributions.

“We thank the State Government for its funding towards this project, and look forward to continuing to grow our partnerships to build sport and recreational facilities, as well as other critical infrastructure,” Ms Duff said.

Cranbourne United Soccer Club Secretary Navepreet Saini said the club is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

“Every evening, the kids come to the ground to train and have fun. The parents are also actively involved in club activities and enjoy having a place to meet and socialise,” he said.

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