Lang Lang community and recreation precinct

Article image - Lang Lang community and recreation precinct Wetlands planting in progress which has already attracted frogs to the site, photo courtesy of Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire, Victoria, will partner with Lang Lang Community Bank and the Australian Government to deliver a new $10 million recreation precinct for the Lang Lang and surrounding communities, replacing the outdated facilities at the showground.

The plan reflects the growing participation of females in a range of sports. Whether it is football, soccer, netball or cricket, the new facilities will provide proper facilities for both women and men.
Stage one of the project is due for completion in April 2018 and will see the construction of two Australian rules football (AFL)/cricket ovals, four netball courts, wetlands and open spaces for recreation activities.

Multiple sporting and community groups will benefit from the upgraded and additional facilities, including cricket, AFL, netball, soccer, tennis and lawn bowls groups.

The precinct will also feature a playground and walking paths around the perimeter of the reserve and through the wetlands, also providing recreation opportunities for residents.

The wetland and stormwater harvesting system is a fully functional treatment drain (sediment pond, wetland and re-use pond) discharging into Western Port Bay along an existing drainage line, which currently receives no treatment.

This will treat stormwater flowing from the development site (14 per cent of the total catchment area) and previously untreated agricultural run-off from the wider catchment area (4,234,200sq m).
It will also provide a stormwater harvesting facility to irrigate the entire recreation precinct, which will significantly reduce demand on potable water, and provide over 90 per cent water security for irrigation purposes.

The wetland and stormwater harvesting system will increase ecological diversity at the site by replacing the existing small farm dam with the inline wetland systems.

Onsite interpretive signage will improve community understanding of these systems.