A PLAN FOR BALLARAT’S NEW PARK
The Andrews Labor Government has today released a draft plan for Woowookarung Regional Park, a new 641-hectare park in Ballarat’s south-east.
The Draft Woowookarung Regional Park Strategic Directions Plan outlines a 15–20-year vision to increase the community’s use and appreciation of the park, while protecting its cultural history, native flora and fauna. The plan also addresses the need for open space in one of Victoria’s most rapidly growing regional areas.
Proposals for the future of the park have been developed in consultation with Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung People, neighbours, community groups, local stakeholders and planning partners.
The draft plan identifies the need to establish a formal trail network for the community to explore the park by making it more accessible to walkers and cyclists.
It values the intrinsic connection of Traditional Owners, the Wadawarrung, to country and proposes the reintroduction of Traditional Owner burning practices.
The draft plan also focuses the importance of ecological conservation and outlines how Parks Victoria will nurture existing park ecology and further restore former plantation areas, immersing visitors in the natural and cultural values of the area.
The park’s consolidation will stimulate economic activity, greater regional dispersal of visitors and create opportunities for improved health outcomes by connecting more people to the park.
The draft plan is available from the Parks Victoria website, with submissions open until 11 June.
Quotes attributable to Victorian Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“Woowookarung Regional Park really is a community park – having been recently established following significant community action and advocacy.”
“The draft plan is about managing the future of the park with the community at its centre, providing a healthy, accessible and valued natural asset.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to have its say on a hidden gem, just minutes from Ballarat and full of opportunities for recreation and nature-appreciation.”
“The draft plan highlights many opportunities for the community to use and be actively engaged with the park to the benefit of their physical and mental health.”
Parks Victoria will be hosting public information sessions on the following dates:
|Sunday 27 May||10am–1pm||Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear|
|Wednesday 30 May||4pm–7pm||The Lodge, Pax Hill Scout Camp, 450 Spencer Street, Ballarat|
|Saturday 2 June||1pm–4pm||Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear|
|Sunday 3 June||10am–1pm||Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear|
|Wednesday 6 June||4pm-7pm||The Lodge, Pax Hill Scout Camp, 450 Spencer Street, Ballarat|