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Woowookarung Regional Park planning

A major new regional park in Ballarat – let’s plan it together

Woowookarung Regional Park is a large new regional park in Ballarat, which is being planned and shaped in collaboration with the community, local organisations, local agencies and Parks Victoria.

Where is Woowookarung Regional Park?

The 641-hectare park is situated to the east of Ballarat and is accessible from roads leading off Main Road on the Ballarat East, Canadian and Mt Clear side and from roads linking out to Eureka Street and Yankee Flat Road.

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Download a park map (PDF)

Get involved and join the conversations

Share your knowledge about the park and help us to so that we can better understand the park and what makes it unique – this will inform the new park plan being developed during 2017.

We are currently at Phase 1 of the park planning process – Understanding the park. We want to learn as much as we can about the park, its cultural and natural values and what makes it a unique place to visit. There will be lots of opportunities for the community to get involved along the way, so we invite you to register your interest by emailing us at: woowookarung@parks.vic.gov.au

The park vision

Woowookarung Regional Park will offer the broader Ballarat community and visitors a great natural outdoor environment for walking, jogging, cycling, nature study, playing and even stargazing.

It will the social, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all community members. The park will also help to conserve many different native plants and animals.

A new park and a new (old) name

The park is within the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung Aboriginal people. Recent community consultation for a new park name indicated strong support for the name, Woowookarung, meaning ‘Place of Plenty’.

Woowookarung embodies the spirit and the history of this place, which provided food, medicine, water, shelter and raw materials for Aboriginal people. In Wadawurrung language Woowookarung means place of plenty", Uncle Bryon Powell, Elder and Chair of Wadawurrung.

The park was renamed from Canadian Regional Park to Woowookarung Regional Park in July 2017.  This is a community demonstration of support and respect for its Aboriginal people, as well as celebrating and acknowledging the area’s unique Cultural Heritage .

The park planning timeline

In 2017, Parks Victoria will be asking interested individuals, community groups, sporting groups and organisations to share their ideas for the design, layout and potential uses of the park.

The phases of the park planning journey are:

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Further information

To find out more and join the conversation about the Woowookarung Regional Park project, email us at woowookarung@parks.vic.gov.au to register for updates and receive notifications about community events, workshops and activities.