Chelsworth Park, between Ivanhoe Public Golf Course and Wilson Reserve in East Ivanhoe, is close to the Yarra River Corridor. The park, which is approximately 11 hectares, comprises sporting fields, a shared walking/bicycle trail, indigenous River Red Gums and non-indigenous trees and shrubs.
This site was once part of a dairy farm established by Patrick Stevenson in 1846. Dairying occurred there until it was sold to Heidelberg Council. In 1930, Heidelberg Council took 57 acres of the Chelsworth Estate for park land and 2.5 acres for sporting use.
Banyule Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri-willam people, the traditional custodians of Banyule.
Banyule City Council recently undertook a major water harvesting project on this site. If you are interested in finding out more about this, and other water harvesting projects that have been completed by Banyule, please have a look at the information on our website by following this link. Water Harvesting Projects.
Flora and Fauna
Chelsworth Park and the adjacent Wilson Reserve are good bird watching areas. Native Australian wildlife found in the area include the Long-necked Turtle, Common Brush-tailed Possum, Common Ringtail Possum, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Little Black Cormorant, White-faced Heron, Black-shouldered Kite, Brown Goshawk, Australian Hobby, Australian King Parrot, Superb Fairy Wren, White-browed Scrubwren, Red Wattlebird, Bell Miner, White-plumed Honeyeater, Eastern Yellow Robin, Magpie-lark, Dusky Woodswallow, Red-browed Finch, Fairy Martin, and Powerful Owls.
Chelsworth Park lies within the Gippsland Plain Bioregion and has a Floodplain Riparian Woodland – River Red Gum (terrace) vegetation community. The environmental assets within this reserve are managed by the Banyule Bushland Management Unit.
The park is owned by Banyule City Council and leased and maintained by Ivanhoe Grammar School. In accordance with the lease a Community Reference Group (CRG) is in place to provide a formal mechanism for Council to consult with key stakeholders on the use, maintenance and development of Chelsworth Park as outlined in Council’s lease of Chelsworth Park with Ivanhoe Grammar School.
For community enquiries relating to the CRG or to make contact with CRG members please forward all correspondance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of the CRG Members and who they are representing:
- Ivanhoe Cricket Club: Richard Drew
- Old Ivanhoe Cricket Club: Damian Hense
- Old Ivanhoe Soccer: Nicholas Karamanos
- Ivanhoe City Soccer Club: Naz Mancini
- Old Ivanhoe Football: Lawrence Tutton
- Community Representative: Stephen Vincent
- Community Representative: Bill Hopper
Melway map ref: 31 G10. Access via The Boulevard or Irvine Road, East Ivanhoe.