Stub, Brunswick News, 9 Nov 2020
In September 2020 the City of Moreland tendered out a project to rip up all of the grass at the north end of Hosken Reserve (Coburg North) and replace it with synthetic, fenced soccer pitches. This project has never been subject to local community consultation ... says the Merlynston Community Group. With this the new Moreland Council gets its first issue to deal with.
Hosken Reserve is described on the Moreland council website as "a large park catering to active sports use with a playground and natural bush setting. The park has two competition level soccer fields and a training area and is regularly used by the neighbouring secondary college."
It is also regularly used by locals to get some fresh air. Moreland council has found itself in a controversy by tipping towards the sports use of the reserve over its use to the locals as a park and open space. As the Age reported a residents group formed to contest the council's plans to replace the grass of soccer ground with a form of plastic known as Astroturf, and in a subsequent report found merit in the resident group's claim that the council had not taken proper account of the residents' interests.
The name of the residents group is Merlynston Community Group. Its website is its campaign site for Hosken Reserve itself.
Letter from Fiona Black on Hosken Reserve, 6 Nov 2020 (link)