Final week for Ballarat’s say on park plan
Monday 25 June, 2018
The Ballarat community has one more week to have its say on a plan for Woowookarung Regional Park.
Launched last month by Geoff Howard MP, State Labor Member for Bunninyong, the draft plan outlines a 15–20-year vision to increase the community’s use of the park, while protecting its cultural history, flora and fauna.
In providing feedback and new ideas, the community is encouraged to reimagine how the 641-hectare space could be used, including for socialising and recreation, nature appreciation, celebration of culture and history, and protecting native flora and fauna.
Eight key ideas have been proposed for the future direction of the park, including development of a formal trail network to help walkers, cyclist and mountain-bikers explore the park, and to better connect visitors with the rest of Ballarat.
The Wadawurrung people are Traditional Owners of the land on which the park has been created, and the draft plan sets out opportunities to celebrate their stories, and to reintroduce traditional land management practices, such as traditional burning.
With Ballarat’s population expected to reach 145,000 in 2036, the plan recognises a need to provide open space for the growing community. Parks Victoria hopes that Woowookarung can become as important to Ballarat as its two other big parks: Lake Wendouree and Victoria Park.
Feedback can be provided to Parks Victoria until 29 June, with submissions informing a final plan that will be submitted to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D'Ambrosio.
To view the draft plan, and share your thoughts online, visitwww.engage.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, Acting Area Chief Ranger, Alex Schipperen:
“We’ve already had great community input to this draft plan, but there’s still plenty of room for new ideas.”
“We want people to reimagine how this open space could be used, to reimagine the role that the park could play in their community.”
“In the meantime, the park is ready to explore, so I’d encourage people to head out for a visit and take an invigorating winter walk through Woowookarung.”
Media enquiriesJosh Maher
0448 373 986
Parks Victoria media centre