Visitors to the picturesque Cobbin
Homestead and Chapel precinct in Waurn Ponds will now benefit from a range of
indoor and outdoor safety improvements delivered by the City.
The historic community facility now has
a sealed car park and external lighting and new bollards, post and railing were
installed at the homestead earlier this year.
Renovations to the indoor amenities are
beginning late this month.
The nearby Waurn Ponds Trail has also
been redirected around the homestead, to make the footpath clearer and safer
for pedestrians and cyclists.
The upgrades include:
accessible unisex toilet with a joinery upgrade to the existing unisex toilet;
of ambulant toilets;
upgrade in the kitchenette;
of a light tower to improve safety and security on the reserve;
of Waurn Ponds Trail path around rear of car park; and
bollards, posts and rails to protect pedestrian path and grassed areas.
The $275,000 project was fully funded by
Although currently closed due to
COVID-19 restrictions, the homestead and the chapel will be available to hire
for private events in the future.
For more information about the City’s
community halls, including booking information, visit
Mayor Stephanie Asher:
Like all our community halls and
facilities, Cobbin Homestead and Chapel is a real asset for residents and
visitors to enjoy.
The upgrade in amenities will ensure
that all visitors to the Homestead will be provided for and comfortable.
The new carpark is already being used by
pedestrians and bike riders as a safe access point to the Waurn Ponds Trail,
which is wonderful to see.
Cr Pat Murnane, Chair,
Community Health, Wellbeing and Safety portfolio:
The historic Cobbin Homestead and Chapel
is beloved by the community and when it re-opens in the future, visitors will
notice the new safety and accessibility features.
The works demonstrate
council’s commitment to ensuring community spaces are safe to use and can be
enjoyed by people of all abilities.