Donald McLean Reserve Improvement Plan

The Victorian Government has partnered with Hobsons Bay City Council to deliver a package of improvements to the sporting facilities and recreational spaces in areas impacted by works associated with the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Donald McLean Reserve is being upgraded to provide the community with an improved open and recreation space.

The Donald McLean Reserve Master Plan underwent extensive community consultation and was endorsed by Council in 2013. Due to the design of the West Gate Tunnel and the off ramps leading to Hyde Street, this plan required revision to suit the change in environment. In 2019, Council sought further community input and, from this, the Donald McLean Reserve Improvement Plan was designed. 

For more details on the Donald McLean Reserve Improvement Plan, to view previous project updates and to be informed of upcoming community engagement opportunities visit


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December 2021

COVID-19 disruptions

COVID restrictions have resulted in significant delays to the project with limited numbers onsite for a long period of time and full construction shutdowns also occurring. 

W H Couch Pavilion

External painting is underway and internal plastering nearing completion for the W H Couch Pavilion. It is anticipated that the pavilion will be complete in late April 2022.

Playground and open space

The playground works have been delayed and will now commence from March 2022.

Most of the landscaping works and tree planting will take place after the summer months to give all new trees and plants the best start possible.

Senior fitness stations and associated works

Council has been successful in acquiring funding through Sport and Recreation Victoria to support the construction of senior fitness stations and associated works (including pathways and seating) within the reserve.

These will be located around oval 2 and be installed in 2022.

Sportsground irrigation, turf works and floodlighting

An underground tank is being installed on the northern boundary of the reserve – near the water tank - to ensure the water can drain efficiently from ovals 1 and 2.  These works will take place in 2022. The ovals continue to remain open to the public.

Car parking

The Creek Street carpark works will commence in April 2022 as the new pavilion works near completion.

Construction of car parking facilities on The Avenue will be the final package of works at the reserve as part of the Donald McLean Reserve Improvement Plan, constructed after the playground and open space works are completed.

Completed works

The new cricket practice nets, which include four synthetic nets and turf practice wickets, are open for use.

The new multi-purpose netball and tennis courts have opened and are available for hire using Book a Court – an online court booking platform. For more information on how to how to book a court, visit


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