New Pathway at Mathison Park


A new pathway has been constructed in Mathison Park Churchill, to provide all weather access to additional areas that were previously difficult to navigate. The new path is approximately 500m long and winds its way up the hill, from Hare House and amongst the Conifer Plantation. It then passes through a grove of beautiful deciduous trees and joins the concrete path near the roundabout on the intersection of Monash Way and Northways Rd. Features along the path as you pass through the conifer plantation, are the breathtaking views of Lake Hyland and the beautiful display of Autumn colors as you stroll beneath the canopy of a grove of deciduous trees at the top of the hill. Funding for the Path was provided from the committee’s yearly budget and supplemented by a Community Grant from Latrobe City Council. Mathison Park is maintained by volunteers on limited funding and the support from Latrobe City and other Government Grants is vital for the continued upkeep and improvement. The committee thanks the Council for its continued support and funding. For those interested in the Park and wanting to get involved, we are always looking for more volunteers. We have a Working Bee once a month on a Saturday for 3 hours. Even turning up once a year to assist can make a difference and keep the Park clean, tidy and safe for all to enjoy. If you are interested in helping out in any way, go to the “Get Involved” section of the website.

Hare House Report

Latrobe City and the Mathison Park Special Committee have engaged a building company to prepare a report on Hare House at the park.
The house has a long and significant history and is a popular attraction for park visitors and Churchill residents. It was also listed in the 2010 Latrobe City Heritage Study.
Latrobe City officers and the Committee agreed to investigate the stability of the structure in response to community concerns.
A temporary fence will be erected around the house while the report’s contents are considered by the Committee and Latrobe City officers.
Hare House Repair Assessment
Image and text courtesy of Latrobe City

Park Shelters Completed

The Park Shelters are now completed.

The committee would like to Thank Latrobe City Council for the funding to construct Park Shelters over 2 of the Park Benches close to the Lake. These will provide shelter from the rain if the weather turns inclement as well as providing shelter from the sun, on those hot days when we should keep our exposure to the sun at a minimum to protect our skin from those harmful rays if exposed too long.


We would also like to acknowledge Aaron Pearce Plumbing for installing the sheeting to the frame and Foster’s On-Site Welding & Engineering for the great job that they did on the fabrication and erection of the frame. Holcim Morwell supplied the concrete at no cost, which helped us to keep the costs to a minimum. Wayne Moore & Associates provided the Engineering computations and B4U BUILD provided the Building Approval. A GREAT BIG thank you to all those organisations for their fantastic support.  All in all we were able to construct 2 shelters locally sourced for the price of 1 ”off the shelf shelter” bought from a Melbourne Manufacturing firm specialising in Park Shelters.


All we have to do now is enjoy these facilities and look after them so that everyone can make use of them in years to come.

Shade Sails Are Up!

Who wouldn’t want to spend time at this great park?

The problem trees have been removed and the new shade sails are up over the playground.

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Funding Approved

Funding for Churchill playground upgrade approved.

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in obtaining the grant through ‘#lovegippsland’ Stronger Community Program (SCP) – a Federal Government initiative which will enable us to remove unsuitable trees around the play equipment area and to install shade cloths over the play equipment thus providing a sunsmart playgroup at the park.

We extend our grateful thanks to Darren Chester and the Federal Government for the granting of the means for this valuable improvement to the park.


(Back, from left) Kayla, Darren Chester MP, Max Zygarlicki, Andy Webb, Ruth Place, Mitchell, and (front) Jayden, Tahli and Hudson at Mathison Park Churchill.

Darren Chester visited the park to meet some of the committee members and to share a photo shoot with the members and some happy children from Churchill P.S.


The working bee time was used to plant new trees and shrubs. Over 150 items were planted by the six dedicated volunteers.

It was good to have a break and a hot cuppa during the cold morning which proved to be better weather than anticipated.


Read the full media release.