Bruce Comben Reserve Master Plan

Bruce Comben Reserve is approximately 17ha and located off Central Avenue, Altona Meadows. 

The vision for the Bruce Comben Reserve Master Plan is to create a 'community heart' that services the people of Altona Meadows and the west of Hobsons Bay. The reserve will be a place for sport and recreation; aquatics and leisure; early years learning; community gathering; play and adventure and community health and wellbeing.

Western Aquatic Centre and Early Years Centre

Planning the best possible aquatic centre for Hobsons Bay!

This project is a key pillar of the Hobsons Bay Aquatic Strategy and Bruce Comben Reserve Master Plan. It will provide access to an all-weather facility for people of all ages and abilities living in the western end of Hobsons Bay. The Western Aquatic and Early Years Centre will have a strong focus on providing for people living with a disability, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

The concept plan includes an eight-lane 25m pool; learn to swim pool; wellness centre with warm water pool, spa and sauna; aqua play splash pad, leisure water, and toddler pool; gymnasium; change facilities; cafe with indoor and outdoor seating; offices; and carparking. The early years zone will accommodate three and four-year-old kindergarten, and maternal and child health services. 

View what we heard during the Western Aquatic and Early Years Centre consultation period: What we heard

Latest News

  • The schematic design has been finalised following several workshops with various Council departments. The plans will now be further developed in the detailed design phase.
  • Council has engaged the Cultural Values and Research Unit at the Bunurong Land Council to assist with design, interpretation signage and Cultural Themes identification.
  • A Heritage Consultant has been engaged to complete a Cultural Heritage Management Plan with guidance from the Bunurong Land Council.
  • Ongoing site visits will be conducted by various subconsultants to complete site investigations.



Project Timeline

Final detailed design drawings developed November 2023 - March 2024 
Project cost to be reviewed and finalised

April 2024

Tender documents prepared May - June 2024



Southern Open Space

Latest works update: November 2023

The play space works are in progress. The installation of play equipment, shelter and shade sail structure is now complete. Some works in the southern end of the site including tree planting and the rocks installation around the trees, has also been completed.  Works such as pathways, car park construction, services trenching, and connection works are in progress.

Service connection update: There will be minor disruptions to traffic for about 5 days in December as a part of service connections on Henry Street. Traffic management will be in place to direct traffic and pedestrians in accordance with an approved traffic management plan.

The project is anticipated to be completed early 2024.  

Image Bruce Comben Reserve open space works view south includes playground

Image1: Bruce Comben – Aerial view of the site looking at the playground (south view).

Bruce Comben Aerial view of the site tree planting and rocks installation

Image 2: Bruce Comben – Aerial view of the site - tree planting and rocks installation (south view).


Latest News

Open space construction works are progressing in the southern section of the reserve.

Project Timeline

Construction works commenced:  July 2023
Project completion (weather dependent):  Feb-March 2024



Project Details

This project will create a vibrant new open space at the south end of the reserve catering to the varied needs of the community, including:

  • new playground, multipurpose court and street furniture
  • walking and cycling network
  • dog off-lead zone
  • BBQ and shelter
  • public toilet facility
  • planting of trees and shrubs throughout the park
  • an upgrade and extension of the carpark and new street lighting.

Traffic management will be in place to divert traffic away from the works during excavation and major construction works. Some pedestrian paths may be closed whilst works are being completed. Please seek alternative routes.

If you have any queries concerning these works, please call Swathy Karki, Senior Project Manager, on 1300 179 994


Past Project Updates

June-2023-Works-Update-Southern-Open-Space.pdf(PDF, 218KB)

July-2023-Works-Update-Southern-Open-Space.pdf(PDF, 149KB)



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