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Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

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View from the new reservoir lookout location

1 month ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Artists impression of all-weather barbecue area

1 month ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

Artists impression of main picnic area

1 month ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Toorourrong Reservoir Park redevelopment

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Parks Victoria has been working hard this year to turn well-received concept plans for the park’s re-construction into a build ready works program. 

Whittlesea and Kinglake locals were invited to have their say on the re-development plans for Toorourrong Reservoir Park in May 2014 as part of Parks Victoria’s application for a Heritage Permit. Parks Victoria advertised its plans for the park and received a heritage permit from Heritage Victoria to undertake the park re-build. 

The image above gives an artist’s impression of the completed park and shows an example of a seating area built with granite blocks that were removed as part of the dam wall upgrade.

Works to re-build Toorourrong’s Reservoir Park are currently out to tender with strong interest being expressed by contractors to undertake the works. The park will be re-built in three phases with Melbourne Water, the City of Whittlesea and Parks Victoria’s contractors responsible for constructing different aspects of the park. 

Before Christmas, Melbourne Water will start building a new 160 place car park and make repairs to the entrance road. The City of Whittlesea is building a 2009 Bushfire Memorial for the Whittlesea Region in the park.  The Bushfire Memorial has been designed in consultation with the community and will be located on the edge of the new pond. 

Parks Victoria’s construction of the picnic area, barbecues, toilets, walking paths and landscaping will commence in the new year with all works scheduled for completion by June 2015. 

One of the features of the re-built park will be the inclusion of a new lookout above the car park which will give walkers a tranquil place to rest and take in the reservoir views (see photo above).  

Timeline

2009
Park completely destroyed by fire, site cleared and impacted trees removed. 

2010 – 2012
Melbourne Water undertakes major infrastructure upgrades to reservoir dam wall and spillway.

2011
City of Whittlesea approaches Parks Victoria about creation of a 2009 Bushfire Memorial in Park.  

2011-2014
City of Whittlesea engages community in Bushfire Memorial planning. 

2012 – 2013
Parks Victoria organises community consultation and finalises master plan for park re-build. 

2014
Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water undertake detailed design drawings and apply for heritage, bushfire, environmental   and town planning permits.  

October 2014
Melbourne Water to start park re-build works with a drainage upgrade and construction of a new 160 place car park, entrance road and disabled access ramp.

November 2014
City of Whittlesea to begin construction of new Bushfire Memorial

January 2015
Parks Victoria to begin construction of park visitor facilities

June  2015
Park due to re-open.  

Keep informed

If you would like to be kept informed about the rebuilding of the park, please provide your contact details at toorourrong@parks.vic.gov.au or by calling 13 1963.

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