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Woowookarung Regional Park planning

A new park, a new plan

Woowookarung Regional Park is Ballarat’s new regional park, 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.

A new name

Located within the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung Aboriginal people, the park was renamed from Canadian Regional Park to Woowookarung Regional Park in July 2017 after strong support from the community. The new name, which means ‘Place of Plenty', was seen as a demonstration of respect towards the land’s Traditional Owners - as well as celebrating and acknowledging the area’s unique cultural heritage.

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.

Download a park map (PDF)

A new draft plan

Over the last 12 months, Parks Victoria has consulted widely with the community and user groups to develop the Woowookarung Regional Park Draft Strategic Directions Plan, which will guide the management and development of the park for the next 15-20 years. The plan aims to preserve the natural and cultural values of the park while also realising the community’s aspirations for its future use. We are now seeking feedback on the draft plan which will inform the final plan, due to be released in late 2018.

Download Woowookarung Regional Park Strategic Directions Draft Plan (PDF)

Join the conversation and have your say

There are a number of opportunities for the community, stakeholders and visitors to view the draft plan and share their feedback throughout May and June 2018.

Open House drop in sessions

Join us and talk to our park rangers to find out more about the Draft Plan and what it means for you at one of our open house sessions.

Date

Time

Venue

Sunday 27 May 2018

10am - 1pm

Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear

Wednesday 30 May 2018

4pm - 7pm

The Lodge, Pax Hill Scout Camp 450 Spencer Street, Ballarat

Saturday 2 June 2018

1pm - 4pm

Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear

Sunday 3 June 2018

10am - 1pm

Earth Education Centre, Mt Clear College, Olympic Ave, Mt Clear

Wednesday 6 June 2018

4pm - 7pm

The Lodge, Pax Hill Scout Camp 450 Spencer Street, Ballarat

Online Survey

Provide your feedback by completing an online survey which will be available from in May 2018.

Submission

Download a copy of the submission form and guidelines and email your comments to us at  woowookarung@parks.vic.gov.au or mail your submission directly to The Manager, Regional Delivery Western Region, Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000.

On display

The plan will also be on display at the Visitor Information Centre from 21 May to 11 June 2018 at 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat.

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.

Further information

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