Project update

We consulted with the community and received feedback from 16 community members through an online survey and emails directly to the Open Space Planning Team. Thank you for your comments and suggestions about the space.

Some discussion points were:

  • Fencing: The fence length will run approximately 35m along Railway Road, Williams Road and 67m from Plantation Lane to Railway Road.
  • Equipment for children/youth: We received a number of requests to install equipment for older children, such as a flying fox and basketball court. E J Andrews is a local level park with a focus on younger children and all abilities access. Montmorency Park is due for renewal this financial year and will focus on older children/youth within its design creating play diversity throughout the neighbourhood.
  • Selection of plant species: The landscape architects and Environment team are working together on plant species selection. E J Andrews Reserve is within close proximity to Banyule’s wildlife corridor so we will ensure appropriate species are used to enhance the area.
  • Grass area: The grass area in the reserve is currently being used as a laydown area by Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) as agreed upon with Banyule City Council. This area will be restored in late 2023.

We look forward to delivering this playspace for the local community. Construction is scheduled to start early - mid 2023.

About the space

EJ Andrews Reserve is a small reserve in Briar Hill. The playground has existing wooden play equipment, a swing set, shade trees and a concrete path.

This Reserve is well-used by local families and will be rehabilitated after its use by the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) as an equipment and storage area during the completion of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Duplication.

What next?

E J Andrews Reserve is scheduled for upgrades in 2023. We have partnered with the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) who will provide funding to help deliver improvements to the existing playground. The reserve will be upgraded with a new wheelchair accessible playground and extensive landscaping, as per the actions in the Banyule Public Open Space Plan 2016-2031.

We are excited to continue to provide a high-quality playground experience at EJ Andrews Reserve. Feedback is now closed.