CB Smith Reserve on Jukes Road is home to Fawkner Library and other council and community services which make up Fawkner Community Hub. The precinct also contains competition-level soccer pitches, skate park, play spaces and fitness equipment.

We are undertaking a program of works that will make the CB Smith Reserve and Fawkner Community Hub precinct a safer, more active, and more engaging space for the community.

Precinct improvements

We've spoken with service providers and visitors at the Fawkner Community Hub about their concerns around pedestrian access, feelings of safety in the evenings, accessibility, lighting in the area and car park improvements needed.

Supported by the Department of Justice, we will be making a number of safety improvements including:

  • A car park upgrade to improve accessibility and pedestrian safety
  • Additional lighting along pedestrian paths and in the car park
  • Pedestrian pathway improvements for accessibility.

The draft Concept Plan is ready!

What we heard

In phase 1 of our consultation we asked for ideas from the community. We received 48 responses online and held an in-person sessions with young people from and after-hours school group at the CB Smith Reserve Neighbourhood House.

The key themes that we heard from the community include:

We also heard themes that weren't able to be addressed within the scope of this project. These included need for improvements to the car park, more toilets and the addition of a dog park. this feedback has been recorded and will be used for future projects.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas. Your comments have been considered in the draft concept plan which includes:

  • The planting of new gardens, trees and shrubs
  • Play equipment for older and younger children as well as accessible items
  • New seating
  • A gathering space including a BBQ and shelter
  • Improved paths and drainage
  • Shade sales over the playground.

Read more about the results of our consultation in the summary report.

What won't be changing

During this program of works we will not be making any changes to these areas:

  • Fawkner Leisure Centre - this is part of a different project
  • Community building facilities
  • No additional public toilets
  • Sports fields.

Please note that creation of a dog park in the Fawkner area is being managed under a separate consultation process.

Concept map

This map shows proposed improvements to the playspace, gathering space, paths and gardens. Click on a spot to find out more and see example images.

A map showing the play space and gather space at CB Smith Reserve. There are spots indicating areas where proposed improvements will be made.

You can also download a PDF version of this draft concept plan.