Cobbin Homestead upgrades continue

Monday, 7 September 2020

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:

  • New accessible unisex toilet with a joinery upgrade to the existing unisex toilet;
  • Installation of ambulant toilets;
  • Joinery upgrade in the kitchenette;
  • Installation of a light tower to improve safety and security on the reserve;
  • Redirection of Waurn Ponds Trail path around rear of car park; and
  • Fixed bollards, posts and rails to protect pedestrian path and grassed areas.

The $275,000 project was fully funded by the City.

Although currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the homestead and the chapel will be available to hire for private events in the future.

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Greater Geelong 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.

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