23303 Recreation Reserve Branxholme Memorial Gates 0728
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - December 11, 2003
What is significant?
The Branxholme Recreation Reserve was gazetted in 1870 and the Swimming Pool Reserve was gazetted in 1929. The reserves which total over 6.5 hectares straddle the Arrandoovong Creek immediately to the east of the Henty Highway. Both represent the efforts, in two centuries, of the town's leading citizens to provide sporting facilities for the benefit of the community. Many individuals, both men and women, have contributed to the management of the reserves and the administration of the various sporting clubs. The reserves also represent an effort to use and develop the creek aesthetically and as a memorial to those who served in the two World Wars. This should be seen in association with the adjacent formal planting along the highway. The sport buildings and public facilities in the recreation reserve are of no particular significance. The swimming pool structure is significant. It retains a high degree of integrity but is in poor condition.
How is it significant?
The Branxholme Recreation Reserve and Swimming Hole are of historical, social and aesthetic significance to the township of Branxholme.
Why is it significant?
The Branxholme Recreation Reserve and Swimming Hole are of historical and social significance for the long term, although intermittent, provision of sporting and recreational facilities. They are of aesthetic significance for their use and development of the natural landscape of the Arrandoovong Creek and its flood plain and as a memorial to those who served in the two World Wars.