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Forging a new path for Woowookarung: by foot, by hoof, by wheel

Friday 27 October, 2017

Walking, horse-riding and mountain-biking paths are some of the ideas suggested for the future of Woowookarung Regional Park, Ballarat's new 641-hectare park.

At a Parks Victoria ‘open house’ last weekend, community members discussed a range of ideas for the newly established park, including rehabilitation of its waterways, bushfire management, connections to the city, and new recreational opportunities.

In a bid to increase outdoor recreation, multiple loops and circuits have been proposed for the forest and grassland park to cater for different activities, ages and fitness levels.

For walkers, joggers and recreational cyclists, this would include slow-pace paths through areas of the park with high ecological value. Faster pace, single-direction loops and circuits for mountain biking, and a dedicated trail for horse riders have also been proposed.

These ideas, and more, will be discussed at a final open house in Ballarat on Sunday, before being assessed during the preparation of a draft plan, due for release in December.

Located in Ballarat's south-east, Woowookarung Regional Park incorporates the previous Canadian State Forest and Victorian Plantation Corporation land in the Mount Clear area.

For more information visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/plans. To get involved, drop-in to the open house or register your interest in the park by emailing woowookarung@parks.vic.gov.au

Woowookarung Regional Park Open House:

Sunday October 29, 1:00pm–4:00pm: Earth Education Centre, Olympic Avenue, Mt Clear.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, District Manager, Tony English:

"The people of Ballarat have a rare opportunity to help shape the future a new regional park.”

“Suggestions for recreation and environmental conservation have been well featured, but we also want to hear ideas for managing traffic through the park, hosting events and sharing stories of the park’s history and culture."

“The park’s future will rely on collaboration between the local community and Parks Victoria, so we’re encouraging people to get involved.”


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