Hosken Reserve Masterplan Refresh

We’re excited to work with the community to refresh our Hosken Reserve Masterplan in 2021.

We took on board your concerns about the lack of consultation for our 2009 Masterplan and we’re committed to ensuring that planning for the future of this valued local reserve reflects community needs and expectations.

In December 2020, a report about Hosken Reserve was tabled at our Council meeting recommending a refresh through an in-depth community engagement process.

We’ve appointed a consortium called theCommunityCollaborative. to lead and project manage the Hosken Reserve Masterplan Refresh. Led by Dan Ferguson they were assessed as the best option having a balanced approach to sport, community health and wellbeing, urban planning and community engagement.

They will be supported by Conversation Caravan leading the engagement activities Pollen Studio providing the landscape design response. All three organisations have delivered and worked successfully with various councils and communities across Melbourne.

To stay updated and get involved with the Hosken Reserve masterplan refresh, click FOLLOW at the top of this page to receive updates on this project.

If you need help to complete the survey or nomination form over the phone or would like to request a hard copy be sent to you call 9240 1111 to speak to our Customer Service Team. If you require an interpreter, call our Language Link telephone interpreting service.

Update: 12 May 2021

We’d like to thank local residents, club members and other community members for your contributions and involvement throughout the project so far through our surveys, formal submissions, stakeholder interviews and on-site face-to-face sessions

After considering an extensive community engagement process conducted in February and March of this year, Moreland Council has set direction around the surfaces, sports infrastructure and sports use of Coburg North’s Hosken Reserve.

The independent Background Report and Engagement Summary presented at the 12 May Council Meeting advised that Council needed to set some direction on key issues before proceeding to the next stage of community consultation.

At the 12 May Council Meeting, Council unanimously resolved to:

  • Retain the North oval and East field as natural grass. These areas will continue as shared spaces for sport and general community use.
  • The North Oval will be formalised as a football pitch with a low-level 1.1 metre black chain mesh fence, with gates that will not be locked.
  • Install a hybrid surface (combination natural turf and synthetic) on the South field. This field will continue as a fenced soccer pitch. A hybrid pitch is a lower maintenance cost option which combines natural grass and synthetic fibres to produce a surface with longer durability than natural grass, which can sustain more playing or training hours than natural turf, and which holds less heat than fully synthetic pitches. Hybrid pitches are currently in use across the world at the elite level. The World Cup, English Premier League and Champions League football are all played on hybrid surfaces.

Read our media release regarding the Hosken Reserve Master Plan Refresh Council resolutions here.

A “Refresh Group” will now be formed including a range of community representatives, to work together to develop a revised Master Plan for Hosken Reserve. If you nominated for the Refresh Group, you will be hearing from us very soon.

The community will have further opportunities to provide their thoughts on the design concepts in the draft refreshed masterplan for Hosken Reserve in July/August before the final masterplan is presented to Council in September/October 2021.