New Equipment for the Playground
In 2013 the Montrose Recreation Reserve Management Committee formed a partnership to install some new pieces of ‘All Abilities’ equipment into the playground. This equipment included the large spinning climbing net, sensory items, additional seating and trees and a new addition to the Montrose Village, the Montrose Community Bank® play ATM.
This project began with the support of Ken Dowling and the Montrose Recreation Reserve Management Committee. From there the partnership grew to include the Montrose Community Bank® who generously supported the project by way of a Community Grant and Yarra Ranges Council who provided the majority of the funding and played a vital role in making this project a reality. Melba Support Services, who were strong supporters of an “all-abilities” playground, also assisted.
The ATM was painted by two well known local artists, Janet Wilson and Janice Anne, who were involved in painting the existing pieces in the playground and other local community art. These two dedicated artists generously volunteered their time, once again, to help make our playground special. The artwork has been coated with anti graffiti coating with thanks to the generous donation of time and equipment by Ian Brattle of Pressure Cleaning Services.
The Montrose Recreation Reserve Committee would like to sincerely thank all the partners involved in this project because without funding, projects like this would not be possible. We would also like to thank Rob Hamilton, Yarra Ranges Council, for all his hard work and dedication. To our volunteers, Janet Wilson, Janice Anne and Ian Brattle, thank you for your time and generous contribution to the project. You have all made a valuable contribution to making our playground unique and special.
Photo courtesy of the Mail Newspaper Group.
Back Row: Kevin Wilson (Montrose Community Bank® ), Jill Rule (Mount Evelyn Community Bank®), Councillor Len Cox (Yarra Ranges Council), Janice Anne (Artist)
Front Row: Julie McDonald (Montrose Reserve Committee), Janet Wilson (Artist), Chris Dowling (Montrose Reserve Committee), Glenn Foard (CEO Melba Support Services)
Playground Working Bee thank you!
The Reserve committee wishes to thank all the Montrose residents who volunteered to help with the playground working bee. It was fantastic to see so many people , including a large number of school children, who turned up and worked really hard to get all the wooden equipment, seats , tables, fence posts etc re-stained, and the general clean up around the whole area done. Special thanks to Sue Jackson from Max Brown Real Estate for the signage advertising the working bee, to the Bendigo Bank for providing the funds for the morning tea and BBQ and to the Montrose Tennis Club for opening their clubrooms to give us access to hot water etc. Julie's Mum, Leslie also deserves a special mention - she did all the shopping for the food and set it all up, thanks Leslie.
Well done again Montrose community.
New Playground Equipment Coming Soon
The Shire of Yarra Ranges are planning to install 2 new pieces of equipment into the playground. One is called a Cyclone Swing and the other is a Gyro Disc. Look out for these exciting new things coming soon.
Playground shock! Big net burnt to the ground
On Friday evening the 25th February the biggest and most popular item at the playground was destroyed by a deliberately lit fire. The " Big Net" , especially imported from Germany as the centrepiece of all the fantastic equipment installed at the playground, is now a blackened ruin. The local community is disappointed and angry at the total disregard of the efforts and lack of respect shown towards all those in Montrose and surrounding suburbs who personally helped to build our playground. Not to mention the upset to all the hundreds of users who regularly enjoy this wonderful facility.
A police enquiry is underway using forensic evidence gathered at the site. The Fire Brigade were alerted to the fire at approximately 9.30pm on the Friday evening. If you saw any thing suspicious around this time or have any information about this malicious act please contact Mooroolbark Police Station - 9725 9999 and ask for the Detective handling this enquiry.
What's left of the big net
Montrose Fire Officers survey the ruins
Fire Officers and detectives gathering forensic evidence
Saddened spectators, including Julie McDonald, Ken Dowling and Cr. Len Cox who were the main developers of the playground
Disappointed parents and children
The Montrose Community Adventure Playground is a community project designed to unite and strengthen the community of Montrose. It is a project that will bring together volunteers from within the community to work together to build a playground. It is to be built in the Montrose Recreation Reserve where the current playground is situated and funding has now been granted.
This project is based on a similar project that was undertaken in Bacchus Marsh about 4 years ago. The Bacchus Marsh playground was built by over 2,500 volunteers from within the community over a 5 day period. They ran 3 shifts everyday from 8am - 9pm with each shift being fully catered. They offered free childcare including children's activities. Volunteers were both skilled and unskilled and came from many sectors of the community. They even had a separate site especially for children to participate in the building of their playground.
The community will be involved in every aspect of planning and building of the playground. A committee of about 12 will be formed with each member being responsible for a section of the project. Each committee member will work with a subcommittee to achieve their goals and will be required to report monthly to the co-ordinators of the project. The community, especially the children, will be directly involved in the design of the project. There will be a design phase of the project that will allow the children an opportunity to express their ideas directly to the designers.
Fundraising will also play a major role in this project. The playground will be partly enclosed by a picket fence. The pickets for the fence will be available for sale for $50 per picket. You can download an order form from this site. People will be able to have their name engraved on the picket which will be a special reminder of their involvement in the playground. There will also be an opportunity to sponsor a specific piece of playground equipment that will be recognised by a plaque. Donations or discounts of material will also be sought.
Read the playground launch speech here
Read the M2 Newspaper article
Playground Sponsors Business Directory
A BIG Thank you to all our Sponsors:
Replas Repeat Plastics
Bowens Timber Croydon
Wattle Valley Kitchens
Yarra Ranges Steel & Shopfittings
Coates Hire Lilydale
Dean Mason from Electrosafe
Royal Wolf for the shipping container
Tymaline Building Services
Mark Clark from Colorsteel Fencing
Fortress Site Fencing
Fish n Chippery
The Basil Leaf
Get Fresh Boronia
Victorian Fine Foods
Bakers Delight Croydon
Ace Party Hire
Johnny Boys Pizza Bayswater
Montrose and District Rotary
Lions Club of Montrose and District
Sarah Court Preschool
Montrose Financial Planning Services
The Landman Family
Mont Rose Maison
Yarra Valley Cabinet Makers
Montrose Community Craft Market
L & I Electrical
Apex Club of Montrose and Kilsyth
The Doupe Family
Montrose Guides and Brownies
Australian Brushware Corporation
The Paint Factory Bayswater
Brett Greenwood for the anti graffiti coating on all the artwork
Brett Tyley of Jiva Workshop
Johl from JD Digital Photography
Montrose Community Playground Committee:
Construction Captain Coordinator:
Jacinta Welsh Faletoese
The Hoxley family
Webb Oates family
Pembroke Secondary College students
Other children from the community
Steven Van Wagensveld