Have your say - Point Cook Homestead Precinct
Tuesday 10 December, 2019
Locals and visitors are invited to provide feedback on the design of a new free-standing toilet facility to be constructed within the Point Cook Homestead Precinct which will replace existing facilities.Consultation is open from now until to Sunday 19 January 2020. People can view the concept designs and provide feedback by visiting engage.vic.gov.au/point-cook-homestead-precinct-public-toilet-design or by attending a community drop-in session 4-7pm on Tuesday 14 January 2020, at the Point Cook Depot.
Sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and environment, the facility will have ample toilets to accommodate visitation at the site, including an accessible toilet, as well as storage. It has been designed with durable, low maintenance materials which are easily replaced if damaged and can be pressure washed in case of graffiti.
Construction will commence mid-2020 with the facility expected for completion by the end of 2020.
As part of the $1.5 million investment in the site, works in addition to the new toilet facility will be carried out. This will include connecting the toilet facility, homestead and café building to the City West Water sewer main and the removal of the current septic systems. Refurbishment, maintenance and upgrade works across the heritage listed buildings within the precinct will also occur.
The Point Cook Homestead precinct is of state significance as a rare example of early Victorian rural architecture. The precinct is an area of 12.5 hectares contained within the 464 hectare Point Cook Coastal Park. The precinct includes buildings, garden and landscape listed by Heritage Victoria.
Built in 1857, the homestead and surrounding buildings were constructed by the Chirnside family, the same family who built Werribee Mansion. In the early 1980s the Board of Works refurbished the homestead and associated buildings and incorporated it into Point Cook Coastal Park.
Quotes attributed to Ben Skinner, Executive Director Infrastructure and Information Technology, Parks Victoria“This project will help facilitate future use of this historic site, enabling the community and visitors to spend time in the site of one of Victoria’s significant homesteads. Parks Victoria is responsible for protecting more than 3,000 historic places and objects across the state, representing key aspects of Victoria’s history.”
“Parks Victoria is working with City West Water, Heritage Victoria and qualified consultants and contractors to deliver these works, continuing to preserve the site for future use. We are committed to managing our parks and waterways in partnership with local communities, and welcome feedback from the community on this project.