Tuart Hill: Premier visits as work starts on Robinson Reserve upgrades

(L-R) Peter Maher (Treasurer Osborne Park Cricket Club), Mayor City of Stirling Mark Irwin, Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey, WA Premier Mark McGowan, Balcatta MLA David Michael and Damien Bainbridge (Vice President Osborne Park Cricket Club) having a look at the redevelopment of Robinson Reserve. Photo: Marie Nirme
(L-R) Peter Maher (Treasurer Osborne Park Cricket Club), Mayor City of Stirling Mark Irwin, Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey, WA Premier Mark McGowan, Balcatta MLA David Michael and Damien Bainbridge (Vice President Osborne Park Cricket Club) having a look at the redevelopment of Robinson Reserve. Photo: Marie Nirme

WORK has started to upgrade Robinson Reserve in Tuart Hill.

Premier Mark McGowan visited the ground yesterday with Balcatta MLA David Michael and Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin to view progress of stage one of the redevelopment, which will provide a replacement playground and fencing, barbecue facilities, picnic shelters, a path network and accessible toilets.

The State Government has provided $1.5 million to the project following an election commitment by Mr Michael, while the City of Stirling is expected to spend about $2.3 million.

Earthworks have started behind Osborne Library, where buildings used by Osborne Park Agricultural Society and the Finch Society of WA have been demolished.

The upgraded reserve will also feature a basketball and netball half-court, skate and scooter facilities, junior soccer goals and on-street parking on Royal Street.

Mr McGowan said he had visited Robinson Reserve during the Osborne Park Show and it was “exciting” to be able to contribute to its revitalisation.

“This ground here is very historic and it’s overdue for improvement,” he said.

“This project will ensure local families have a quality place to kick a ball, ride a bike and enjoy a range of outdoor activities together.”

Mr Michael said community requests for improvements to the reserve were one of the biggest issues during his time as a Stirling councillor, with little public open space available in surrounding suburbs.

The playground will be built near the library and community centre, which Cr Irwin believed would help connect the reserve with the wider Main Street precinct.

The City is starting consultation with user groups including Osborne Park Cricket Club regarding the second stage of the redevelopment, which will comprise upgrades to clubrooms and changerooms.

Mr McGowan also visited sites where the State Government is funding road improvements; the intersection of Wanneroo Road, Walcott and Green Streets, and Wanneroo and Morley Drive intersection.