A new project to upgrade Blackwood Park will get under way soon, aimed to make the area more inclusive, inviting and safe for local residents and park users.
Twelve additional streetlights will be installed on Punt Rd, Wallowa St and Blackwood Cres as part of Moira Shire Council’s Streets Ahead project.
A further nine solar lights will be installed at Blackwood Park.
The park will also feature a large labyrinth, designed to help people relax, meditate and centre themselves as they walk through.
It follows work that’s already been completed at the park following consultation with the community, including creating walkways and planting new trees.
The project will cost $99401, with $89298 contributed from the Victorian Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund.
It’s expected to begin in May, with works to be completed by December.
As well as increased lighting to increase safety, council is hoping the additional developments at the park will increase usage, with more people at the park also providing passive security.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said council had partnered with residents to deliver what they wanted to see in the park.
‘‘I think the park is going to be something that will be well-utilised,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘Providing the safety lighting will give people the opportunity to use Blackwood Park in the evening.’’
The project has been developed with a number of stakeholders, including Neighbourhood Watch, Department of Health and Human Services, local police, Cobram Community House and the Department of Justice.
Cobram Community House board member Alex Monk said the developments would help increase use and safety of the park.
‘‘It’s great to be working in partnership to deliver something like this,’’ she said.
‘‘This is great for the residents of the area, it’s an amazing park and we’re putting in lighting so people can use it in the evening.
‘‘It will allow the park to be utilised for more activities and for the residents of the area and other people to come together and socialise and connect with each other.’’
Once the labyrinth is installed, information sessions will be held on how to navigate it, and interpretive signage will be put up.
It will be low to the ground, with a concrete or paved edge, with grass or granitic sand in-fill.