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Public feedback sought for Plenty Gorge Park

Tuesday 9 January, 2018

Drop-in information sessions in Yarambat and Mernda

The public is invited to comment on a draft master plan to improve visitor experiences and protect the natural and cultural values of Plenty Gorge Park, in Melbourne’s north-east.

The park extends for 11 kilometres along Plenty River, from Mernda to Bundoora, and is home to significant plant and animal species, and cultural heritage values, specifically from the Traditional Owners the Wurundjeri people.

A master plan will provide guidance on protecting these values and ensuring the park meets the open-space needs of a rapidly growing community. Plenty Gorge Park is located in a metropolitan growth area consisting of 500,000 residents, projected to increase to more than 700,000 in the next 15–20 years.

A key proposal in the plan is to complete sections of the 21km Plenty River Trail, a shared cycling and walking trail from Dooren in the north to University Hill in the south. The trail would be a main access point for park visitors and a link to the proposed Hawkstowe and Mernda railway stations.

Other proposals in the draft plan include:

  • formalising a mountain biking area
  • establishing permanent orienteering courses
  • upgrading Hawkstowe Picnic Area, including improved facilities and park entrance
  • improving Nioka Bush Camp
  • improving the Gorge Lookout at Gorge Road
  • improving signage to make it easier for visitors to find and explore the park.

View the draft master plan and complete the online survey. Submissions can be made until Friday 19 January 2018.

Drop-in information sessions: Saturday 13 January

Parks Victoria staff will be available to discuss proposals within the draft master plan during the following public drop-in sessions:

  • 8:30–11:30am – Rivers of Yarrambat: Garden Centre entrance (28 Kurrak Rd, Yarrambat)
  • 12:30–3.00pm – Carome Homestead: Two Beans and a Farm CafĂ© (10 Hathfelde Boulevard, Mernda)

Media enquiries
Josh Maher
0448 373 986

Parks Victoria media centre