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Point Nepean Master Plan review

Point-Nepean-Masterplan 

Parks Victoria is currently reviewing the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan. An important element of this review is community and stakeholder consultation.

A draft master plan, which involved extensive community and stakeholder consultation, was prepared and exhibited in 2010. It was prepared within the planning and management context provided by the Point Nepean National Park and Point Nepean Quarantine Station Management Plan 2009.

Project timeline

The master plan review will be undertaken within the following phases:

Phase 1 Engagement
Parks Victoria sought community and stakeholder feedback on a discussion paper which summarises key elements of the 2010 draft master plan, the plan’s rationale and previous feedback received. 
Early 2016
(complete)
Phase 2 Preparation 
Parks Victoria and consultants develop a revised final draft of the master plan based on feedback received and in collaboration with stakeholders. 
Mid 2016
(underway)
Phase 3

Engagement
Formal exhibition of the final draft master plan, including consultation and engagement, community information sessions, and stakeholder meetings. 

Late 2016
Phase 4  Finalisation
Parks Victoria and consultants amend the master plan in response to community and stakeholder feedback. 
Early 2017
Phase 5 Approval and release
Formal approval and release of the final master plan.
2017
Phase 6

Delivery
Parks Victoria will work with DELWP and key stakeholders around implementing of actions outlined in the plan, including potential Expression of Interest process.

 2017 Ongoing
 

Phase 2 is currently underway. Parks Victoria is working with the design consultancy team, led by landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) who prepared the 2010 Master Plan, to prepare a revised final draft master plan for exhibition and public comment later this year (Phase 3). Comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement will be conducted at that time to inform finalisation of the master plan. 

To register your interest or for any queries about the project, please email the project team at: pointnepeanmasterplan@parks.vic.gov.au

Phase 1 

As part of Phase 1, held from January to March 2016, community and stakeholders were asked to comment on a discussion paper (1.2MB PDF). There was a high level of interest during Phase 1, with 50 written submissions and 32 questionnaires completed. Parks Victoria convened 20 stakeholder meetings and approximately 250 people attended community information days at the Quarantine Station on the 5 and 6 February. Thank you to everyone who met with and/or emailed the project team with comments, queries and suggestions. 

Parks Victoria has prepared a Consultation Summary Report (PDF 490KB) of this engagement process and outcomes to help inform the master plan’s development. 

Ms Shelley Penn, appointed by DELWP as an independent advisor on the master plan renewal process, has also prepared a Report on Phase One community engagement (PDF 2.4MB) and emerging issues including recommendations for renewing the master plan.


University of Melbourne’s National Centre for Coasts and Climate

On 15 April, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was established between the Department of Environment, Land, Planning and Water (DELWP) and the University of Melbourne. 

The purpose of the MOU is to:

  • provide a mechanism for  the University of Melbourne to secure $2.1 million of available Federal funding for marine science related research of relevance to the park
  • establish a working relationship for the sharing of ‘regulatory and policy information’ relevant to the facility
  • facilitate the University of Melbourne’s preparation of a final proposal for a National Centre for Coasts and Climate research facility at Point Nepean National Park. 

As stated in the MOU, DELWP and the University of Melbourne will explore “the potential to establish an education and research facility in a manner that will not be detrimental to the protection of the park, including its natural, Indigenous, historic, cultural landscape and recreational values.” 

The MOU also confirms that Parks Victoria will finalise the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan before government considers proposals. The master plan will define an implementation strategy and design parameters for assessing all proposals in the park.

The draft master plan will be exhibited later this year, and at that time community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with Parks Victoria staff to discuss the draft master plan proposals and provide submissions.

Should you wish to issue a submission regarding ideas for research or education in the park please direct your feedback to Parks Victoria, rather than the University of Melbourne, for consideration as part of the master planning process, via email to: pointnepeanmasterplan@parks.vic.gov.au

Document list

Phase 1 Consultation Summary Report by Parks Victoria (PDF 490KB)
Report on Phase 1 community engagement and emerging issues by Shelley Penn (PDF 2.4MB)
Discussion paper (1.2MB PDF) 
Point Nepean Quarantine Station Management Plan 2009 (PDF 7.2MB)
Draft 2010 Point Nepean National Park Master Plan (PDF 10MB)