Healthy Heart initiative to fund Gordon Gardens upgrade

Published on 24 April 2020


A new bicycle/scooter pump track, outdoor fitness equipment and shade structure – all projects that were identified as part of the Gordon Gardens Master Plan - will be installed at the Gordon Gardens in Dunolly as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative. 

The tender for the project is currently being advertised with a contractor expected to be appointed by May and the project ready for play by Spring, 2020.

The $140,000 Gordon Gardens upgrade project will be delivered thanks to funding from the State Government Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the upgrade would be a welcome addition to the precinct.

“The new facilities will not only provide opportunities for free physical activity for children, young people, families and older people of Dunolly but will also be a drawcard for residents from surrounding communities.

“It’s an exciting time for the Dunolly community with a range of improvement works at the Gordon Gardens to be delivered by Council as a result of last year’s Gordon Gardens Master Plan project.”

The bicycle/scooter pump track is a modular system made of timber composite that will form a circular track of about 65 metres. It will be suitable for use from the early stages of riding a balance bike or scooter to larger bikes for young people and adults. It’s the perfect playground and play space for all wheels and all ages, providing outstanding health and wellbeing benefits through fun.

The four pieces of outdoor fitness equipment chosen will be in consultation with staff at Maryborough District Health Service and will be used as part of exercise programs for older adults.

A shade structure will be installed above the equipment so users have sun protection. The colours for the shade structure and the equipment will be decided in consultation with the local community to align with the heritage aspects of the park. This equipment will benefit all the community to strengthen muscles without going to a gym – and it’s free.