Montrose Community Adventure Playground  

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.

New playground

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)

Bendigo Bank and Montrose Playground


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.

Playground working bee

Painting at the Playground working bee

Getting ready for the Playground working bee

All ages helping at the Playground working bee

Working bee

Repainting at the Playground working bee

Locals helping at the Playground working bee

James Merlino helping out at the Playground working bee

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.

Cyclone play equipment

GyroDisc play equipment

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
What's left of the big net

Montrose Fire Officers survey the ruins
Montrose Fire Officers survey the ruins

Fire Officers and detectives gathering forensic evidence
Fire Officers and detectives gathering forensic evidence

Saddened spectators viewing the playground
Saddened spectators, including Julie McDonald, Ken Dowling and Cr. Len Cox who were the main developers of the playground

Disappointed parents and children
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
Boral Quarry
Bowens Timber Croydon
Wattle Valley Kitchens
Kings Fibreglass
Supasoil Ringwood
Coventry Fasteners
Yarra Ranges Steel & Shopfittings

Coates Hire Lilydale
Kennards Bayswater
Lilydale SES
Dean Mason from Electrosafe
Lifestyle Innovations
PACH Excavations
Royal Wolf for the shipping container
J&L Towing
Tymaline Building Services
Mark Clark from Colorsteel Fencing
Paul Landman
Fortress Site Fencing

Montrose Meats
Hummingbird Café
IGA Supermarket
Montrose Bakery
Montrose Fish n Chippery
Montrose Charcoal Chicken
The Basil Leaf
Get Fresh Boronia
Victorian Fine Foods
Bakers Delight Croydon
Ace Party Hire
Johnny Boys Pizza Bayswater
Confoil Containers

Equipment Sponsorship:
Montrose and District Rotary
Lions Club of Montrose and District
Sarah Court Preschool
Montrose Financial Planning Services
The Landman Family
Mont Rose Maison
Curves Kilsyth
Yarra Valley Cabinet Makers
Montrose CFA
Montrose Community Craft Market
L & I Electrical
Apex Club of Montrose and Kilsyth
Churchill Bass
The Doupe Family
Montrose Guides and Brownies
Tanya Clarke

Australian Brushware Corporation
The Paint Factory Bayswater
Haymes Paints
Brett Greenwood for the anti graffiti coating on all the artwork

Marlin Signs
Brett Tyley of Jiva Workshop
Johl from JD Digital Photography

Montrose Community Playground Committee:

General Coordinator:

Finance Coordinator:

Volunteers Coordinator:

Food Coordinator:

Design Coordinator:

Promotions Coordinator:

Tools Coordinator:

Materials Coordinator:

Construction Captain Coordinator:

Julie McDonald

Ken Dowling

Stacey Barker

Natasha Wilkinson

Janet Wilson

Jacquie Diepgrond

Phill Peat

Trevor Ahale

Sacha Sullivan

Volunteers Team:

Tara Jordan
Marg Fennell

Tanya Clarke
Kathy Beimers

Helen Hegedus

Food Team:

Danny Lamb
Chris Dowling
Jo Stacey

Beverley Isbel
Sandra Hogg
Amanda Bell

Michelle Barker
Nic Shean

Design Team:


Flaminia Grubacki
Janice Anne
Sue Anderson
Justine Indigo-Rose
Jacinta Welsh Faletoese
Chloe Cunningham
Richard Fennell
Rig Bell
Katrina Pedder

Ros Hunter
Anne Bortolussi
Karen Robinson
Melissa Windley
Mavis Davine
Ray Lilley
The Hoxley family
Doupe family
Webb Oates family
Pembroke Secondary College students

Other children from the community

Mike Foster
Michael May
Robert Barker
Martyn Heffernan
Boyd Ewing

Promotions Team:

Andrea Steele
Kim Burton
Bronwyn Dwight

Monika Brown
Tamara Mika
Tania Warden

Sasha O’Neil
Lyndall Parsons

Tools Team:

Robert Brown

Materials Team:

Matt Dowling

Steven Van Wagensveld


Construction Captains:

Rick Koralewsky
Matt Dowling
Adam Wilkinson
Glenn Jean

Ian Parsons
Luke Prescott
Andrew Tait
Ken Carlile

Trevor Gardoll
Mike Foster


Playgorund construction


Kids at opening



Playgorund opening




Surprise!! Today, the girls from the Outreach Van visited Montrose Recreation Reserve for an impromptu storytime for the kids. Today, we read the most aptly chosen book "Climb" by Caroline Tuohey and "In Wibbly Pig's Garden" by Mick Inkpen.

Montrose Library in the playground

Montrose Libray storytime

Montrose playground library