Autumn Place is now home to a new family and community centre and vibrant park and playground, as the City of Casey continues its revitalisation of Doveton’s town centre.
In 2016, Council adopted the Autumn Place Masterplan which outlines a range of projects and improvements to rejuvenate the popular precinct over the next 20 years.
Since then, Council has been bringing to life the short-term priorities and recently completed the latest project – the new $5.27m Autumn Place Community Hub, along with an upgraded park and playground.
The facility, which will open in early 2019, includes a new kindergarten with two rooms and outdoor play spaces, two Maternal and Child Health consulting rooms and a large multipurpose community room with adjoining kitchen and courtyard.
The community hub will increase capacity for four-year-old kindergarten spaces for the Doveton and Eumemmering communities, bring important family and community services together under one roof and help create a more vibrant and welcoming town square for local residents.
Local parent Hamed Saberi said he was looking forward to the new kindergarten being opened.
“New facilities like that in the Doveton area are very important for our children’s thriving learning experience,” he said.
The revitalised park provides a place for families to come together, with a new playground, barbeque area with shelter, picnic space, seating, improved lighting and landscaping.
This project was made possible thanks to a $3.6m contribution from the State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund, with Council funding the remaining $1.67m.
Unique art adds character
Scattered around the new Autumn Place Park are four bronze sculptures which have a unique story of their own.
In June 2017, the City of Casey commissioned illustrator Simon Howe and author Dan Nixon to create a fictional children’s story book that would relate to Autumn Place, take inspiration from its inhabitants and involve a consultation session with local kindergarten and school kids.
The result … ‘The Fantastic World of Autumn Place’, a beautiful children’s book about community, inclusivity and exploring the diversity of our own neighbourhoods.
Artist Andrew Poppleton was engaged to create four bronze artworks inspired by the book’s characters to feature around the new park.
You can borrow a copy of the book from the Doveton Library, scan the QR code located on the plaque at the playground to obtain a digital version or view the book on the Casey Cardinia Libraries website.