Hobsons Bay City Council
September 2019 - May 2020

A collaboration between Hobsons Bay City Council and the Victorian State Government saw the successful redevelopment of the Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood, VIC.  In response to the areas impacted by the extensive West Gate Tunnel project, this redevelopment was designed to improve the ratio of open spaces per person and create opportunities for more passive and recreational sporting activities for the broader community.
Endeavour Turf Professionals (ETP Turf) were engaged for the design, specification formulation, consultancy, project management supervision, soil, tissue and sand testing.  The project scope included the reorientation of the existing sports ground, stripping of the surface, reshaping the oval, installing a new subsurface drainage system, a new natural turf wicket in line with Cricket Australia specifications, installation of a sand rootzone profile layer, new goal posts, boundary fencing and coach boxes.

Extensive and large rock formations within the subbase discovered early on in the project called for a specialist solution by ETP Turf that included the usage of heavy-duty machinery and a redesign of the drainage trenches to reduce the chances of encountering additional rocks.  Stakeholder management was another key element within this project whereby ETP Turf ensured the concerns raised by members of the public were addressed sensitively, professionally and timely with regards to water tank locations, dust and noise management.
ETP Turf are delighted to deliver this new sports oval surfaced with a durable warm season grass which forms part of a larger facility upgrade to the area catering for netball, tennis, cricket and features a new carpark and sports pavilion to provide opportunities for active and passive, structured and informal recreation.