Donath & Dole Reserves Master Plan Implementation

What are we doing?

As communicated earlier this year, Council allocated funding for the design and implementation of landscaping works at Donath West Reserve as part of the Donath and Dole Master Plan implementation.

These works are due to commence on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and are likely to take approximately three weeks, subject to weather.

Works will include:

  • Construction of a concrete path from Johnson Street to the existing concrete path in Donath Reserve
  • Planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers
  • Installation of picnic tables, seats, a drink fountain and bins

Community Planting Day

We will be hosting a community planting day on Sunday 23 June from 10am to midday in Donath West Reserve at the end of Falk Avenue. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Background information

The Donath and Dole Master Plan was adopted by Council in 2014. Since its adoption, a number of actions have been implemented including the upgraded youth precinct, playspace, BBQ and shelter area and tree planting.

In 2019 we are implementing two actions in the Donath and Dole Reserves Master Plan (2014), including:

  • Developing a concept design for a potential wetland and stormwater harvesting system at Dole Reserve (A)
  • Construction of a small picnic area at Donath West Reserve, including picnic tables, a drink fountain, bins, trees, garden beds and concrete path works (B)


Concept plans for both projects and the Donath and Dole Reserves Master Plan are available in the document library on the right side column of this page.

We are now developing the final plans for the potential wetland. Any potential wetland construction will be subject to available funding in future years.

Construction of the Donath West picnic area and concrete path and the community planting day will take place in June 2019.

How can I get involved?

Provide feedback on this page

You can find out more about constructed wetlands, and commonly asked questions, in the "Frequently Asked Questions" sections on the right side column of this page.

More information on what Darebin is doing to conserve water and improve the health of our waterways can be found by visiting the interactive Darebin Water map here.

You can also register to receive project updates by clicking the Subscribe button (top right of the page) or ask us any questions about the project below.

What are we doing?

As communicated earlier this year, Council allocated funding for the design and implementation of landscaping works at Donath West Reserve as part of the Donath and Dole Master Plan implementation.

These works are due to commence on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and are likely to take approximately three weeks, subject to weather.

Works will include:

  • Construction of a concrete path from Johnson Street to the existing concrete path in Donath Reserve
  • Planting of trees, shrubs and groundcovers
  • Installation of picnic tables, seats, a drink fountain and bins

Community Planting Day

We will be hosting a community planting day on Sunday 23 June from 10am to midday in Donath West Reserve at the end of Falk Avenue. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Background information

The Donath and Dole Master Plan was adopted by Council in 2014. Since its adoption, a number of actions have been implemented including the upgraded youth precinct, playspace, BBQ and shelter area and tree planting.

In 2019 we are implementing two actions in the Donath and Dole Reserves Master Plan (2014), including:

  • Developing a concept design for a potential wetland and stormwater harvesting system at Dole Reserve (A)
  • Construction of a small picnic area at Donath West Reserve, including picnic tables, a drink fountain, bins, trees, garden beds and concrete path works (B)


Concept plans for both projects and the Donath and Dole Reserves Master Plan are available in the document library on the right side column of this page.

We are now developing the final plans for the potential wetland. Any potential wetland construction will be subject to available funding in future years.

Construction of the Donath West picnic area and concrete path and the community planting day will take place in June 2019.

How can I get involved?

Provide feedback on this page

You can find out more about constructed wetlands, and commonly asked questions, in the "Frequently Asked Questions" sections on the right side column of this page.

More information on what Darebin is doing to conserve water and improve the health of our waterways can be found by visiting the interactive Darebin Water map here.

You can also register to receive project updates by clicking the Subscribe button (top right of the page) or ask us any questions about the project below.

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  • more benches as well as perhaps a sheltered bbq/picnic area would be great for dole ave reserve and encourage use of the area. also, when will these construction works be kicking off? a quick google search shows some plans being proposed back in 2014 but nothing came to fruition..unless these are the same works?

    picnic/bbq area please! asked 6 months ago

    Hi,

    Thanks for your message. 

    The plan you're referring to is the Donath and Dole Master Plan (it's in the Document Library section of this yoursay page). Since it was adopted in 2014, Council have implemented a number of actions including the youth precinct, playspace, BBQ/picnic area, path works, outdoor green gyms and lots of tree planting.

    The design of the possible Dole wetland and the Donath picnic area and path works are this year's projects from the master plan. The Donath project has been funded and will be built this year. The possible wetland design work is underway and implementation is proposed for future years.

    I agree more benches and a sheltered BBQ/picnic area would be a great addition to the possible wetland - the master plan shows this too. This, and other projects will be considered in future years with more consultation with the community to follow.

    Thanks again, and please let me know if you have any other questions of comments.

    Regards,

    Jules 

  • Any chance of more benches near the wetland? I can imagine it being a popular place to sit.

    Blinky asked 7 months ago

    Hi Blinky,

    Thanks for your message and apologies for the delayed response. We can definitely include some more benches and I agree it will be great place to sit!

    Regards,

    Jules 

  • Feedback regarding Dole Reserve. Could these facters please be seriously considered when developing and redeveloping the existing play area next to the Koen Park Childrens Hub. Currently there is no shelter over the play gound area. During the hotter season and equally in the colder seasons a covered area; partial over the playground features, ie monkey bars, slide, swings etc would be gretaly benefitted. Whilst there are trees in the area, they only provide shelter at certain times of the day and are only very partial. This would prompt the use of the areas as they would become more desirable hence promoting healthier lifestyles for kids and parents. As far as I know there are none or very few play ground area in Darebin that have covered areas which I find appalling. Also access to public toilets in this area.

    quin young asked 7 months ago

    Hi Quin Young,

    Thanks for your message.

    The playspace at Dole Reserve was upgraded in 2011 and as such is not due for an upgrade for another few years. When an upgrade is proposed, we'll let the community know, and invite them for their thoughts and ideas about the proposed upgrade at the time. That will be a great time for you to share your ideas.

    Regarding toilets, I have made some enquiries and can confirm the toilets in the Children's Hub are available for use when the centre is open. Also, there are toilets opened during daylight hours at JM Lake stadium which is just a short walk from the playspace towards Cheddar Road.

    Thanks again for your message, and please let me know if you have any other questions or comments.

    Regards,

    Jules

  • Seeing your note about the wetlands on Dole reserve was amazing l have always dreamt of having a urban forest but thought nothing great would happen there. Seeing your plans was like getting the best present ever, what a great idea. This area is lacking water. So happy to see the Environmental area of city of darebin has some forward thinking people there. I was happy with you giving us choice on trees to be planted in my area and street a few years ago. I said yes to bird loving trees and now they are starting to bloom. Your plan is exceptional l only hope no trees have to be removed from the area. With the rising price of houses our area we have to become more like other suburbs. People remark when they visit me in reservoir, they say it is so barren no trees ect. Coming from southern suburbs. There is so many bird and water birds in the area. They will love this and so with l. Thanks you so much. Let me know if l can do anything to assist in making this happen. More Trees Please Lloyd Avenue Reservoir

    more trees please asked 7 months ago

    Hello More Trees Please,

    Thank you so much for this amazing feedback! I am so happy to hear such a positive response for the project from a community member.

    The landscape concept design for the potential wetland does look fantastic, I agree. I know the space will most certainly benefit from more trees, plants and the wetland itself. As you mentioned, the wetland will hopefully increase the biodiversity in the area, as well as having educational benefits for the community.

    No existing trees will need to be removed as part of this project, thank you for asking such an important question!

    Please keep in touch via the Your Say page, and if you are available on Saturday 16 March between 10-12 noon, pop down to Dole Reserve and say hello! We’re giving away native plants as a thank you for your feedback.

  • The proposed wetland/pond is far too small, a much bigger one will be great.

    Tony.D asked 7 months ago

    Hi Tony.D

    Thank you for your feedback on the size of the potential wetland at Dole Reserve.

    The potential wetland concept plan has allowed for approximately 1,500m2 of water surface area. Council’s consultants determined this to be the best size to meet water quality targets (removing pollutants in the water), while reducing evaporation and infiltration, construction costs and ongoing maintenance costs of the potential wetland. In preparing the landscape concept plan, this size will also best balance the available open space of Dole Reserve and its varied uses (i.e. Children’s hub, playground area, sports field, dog-walking).

    If you have any further information on why the wetland should be bigger, please let me know. I can also be contacted via phone on 8470 8328.

    Kind regards,

    Stiele Hagens