Sheils Reserve, Brunswick West - Park redevelopment and new bird habitat


At the Council meeting in June 2016, Council considered a request to create bird habitat in Sheils Reserve, by planting suitable plants to attract small birds and insects back into the park.

As a result, funding was made available in the 2018-19 financial year to redevelop Sheils Reserve with a focus on providing new play opportunities and revegetation to increase habitat for local birdlife.

We expect the redevelopment to be complete by the end of June 2019.

Concept design

Council has prepared a Sheils Reserve Concept Plan (PDF 5Mb).

This concept plan proposes:

  • New spaces for active, water and nature play
  • Storm water harvesting and retention
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Circuit paths and outdoor fitness equipment, and
  • A community orchard and extensive revegetation.

The plan proposes opportunities for nature studies through 'observation pods' which are small, quiet spaces with informal seating surrounded by vegetation. Each observation pod contains information about the surrounding habitat which encourages particular pollinating insects throughout the seasons.


Residents and the wider community were invited to submit their feedback on the proposed Sheils Reserve Concept Plan (PDF 5Mb).

Feedback closed on Monday 17 September 2018 and included two drop-in sessions to discuss the concept plan and email feedback.

Feedback will be considered in developing the design for construction.

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