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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 3 of the park planning process – Sharing concepts and mapping of community ideas. We are sharing ideas captured to date and gathering your thoughts around some of the concepts for the park to help inform future management and planning for Woowookarung Regional Park.

There will be lots of opportunities for the community to get involved along the way, and invite you to complete the survey below and register your interest by emailing: 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 support 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.

Read more about the Guiding Principles for planning Woowookarung Regional Park.

Have your say

Parks Victoria is currently consulting with the local community, Traditional Owners, Friends of Canadian Corridor, residents, interested user groups, schools, universities and the broader Victoria community to develop a park plan for Woowookarung Regional Park.

The survey period has now closed.

Thank you for your feedback - your feedback on the proposed eight ideas will help decide the future design of the park and inform the draft plan. The draft plan will be circulated for public comment in December 2017.

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 is 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

Email us at woowookarung@parks.vic.gov.au to register for updates and receive notifications about community events, workshops and activities.