Haining Farm Precinct Plan
A collaborative project involving Parks Victoria, Greening Australia, Zoos Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is underway to plan the future of Haining Farm.
Haining Farm is a 69 hectare “Community Use – Education Area” at the confluence of the Yarra River and the Don River in Launching Place, near Yellingbo, in the Yarra Valley. The land is managed by Parks Victoria and has historically been operated as an educational dairy farm.
During 2016 and 2017, significant community and stakeholder conversations were undertaken to determine an appropriate plan for Haining Farm. These conversations focussed on factors including bushfire risk, hydrology and habitat and were supported by technical investigations by relevant experts. From this process a concept plan was prepared and approved.
The details and outcomes of this first stage of engagement, including the history of the Yellingbo Conservation Area, are available here.
The implementation of the concept plan for Haining Farm will focus on achieving three key priorities:
- To provide for the restoration of 42 hectares of habitat for two of Victoria’s most threatened species; the Helmeted Honeyeater and Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum.
- That the site includes bushfire mitigation measures to ensure the plan does not materially increase the bushfire risk to the local and broader communities.
- That there will be increased opportunities for community access and recreation, education and small scale primary production, to acknowledge the history of the site as a dairy farm.
Community and stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback on the design elements of the Haining Farm Concept Plan some time in May 2018.