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Point Nepean Master Plan


Parks Victoria has renewed the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan to reflect government policy and the outcomes of community and stakeholder engagement.

Phases 4 and 5 – Final Master Plan

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lily D’Ambrosio, released the Final Master Plan on Sunday 21 January 2018 at the Parade Ground in Point Nepean National Park.

The Final Master Plan is now complete and available to view here. (PDF)

The renewal validates the information and strategic intent of the draft master plan released in 2010 and builds on knowledge gathered during engagement in 2010–2017.

The Government has released the plan with investment of $3.7 million to implement early initiatives of the master plan including:

  • Establishment of the Point Nepean Advisory Group reporting to the Parks Victoria Board
  • A new staff member dedicated to the activation of the project
  • $2.1 million to uplift the Quarantine Station disinfecting complex and park-wide interpretation and storytelling (static and digital)
  • $0.5m for improved visitor amenities
  • $0.6m for the introduction of new camping experiences at the Quarantine Station
  • $0.5m for repairs of the Defence Road out to Fort Nepean

Information session

There will be a community information session at Badcoe Hall in Point Nepean National Park from 10am-3pm on Saturday 10 February 2018, for people to view the final plan and learn how their feedback was incorporated.

Parks Victoria thanks everyone who emailed the project team with comments, queries and suggestions regarding the Master Plan. A summary of feedback received is provided in a consultation outcomes report (September 2017)

Project timeline

The master plan review will be undertaken within the following phases:

Phase 1 Engagement
Parks Victoria sought community and stakeholder feedback on a discussion paper which summarises key elements of the 2010 draft master plan, the plan’s rationale and previous feedback received. 
Early 2016
Phase 2 Preparation 
Parks Victoria and consultants develop a revised final draft of the master plan based on feedback received and in collaboration with stakeholders. 
Mid 2016
Phase 3

Formal exhibition of the final draft master plan, including consultation and engagement, community information sessions, and stakeholder meetings.

5 Dec 2016 to 10 Feb 2017
Phase 4  Finalisation
Parks Victoria and consultants amend the master plan in response to community and stakeholder feedback. 
Mid-Late 2017
Phase 5 Approval and release
Formal approval and release of the final master plan.
January 2018
Phase 6

Parks Victoria will work with DELWP and key stakeholders around implementing of actions outlined in the plan, including potential Expression of Interest process.

 2018 and ongoing

Phase 2 and 3 - Draft Master Plan Engagement

Consultation on the Point Nepean National Park Draft Master Plan closed on 10 February 2017.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questionnaire, provide a submission and attend the Community Information Days held in the park on 9-10 December 2016 and 22 January 2017. Approximately 350 people attended the Community Information Days, 12 stakeholder meetings were held, and 82 questionnaires plus 33 submissions/letters were received.

Feedback received has been collated into a consultation summary report (March 2017). The summary provides an overview of key themes heard throughout the consultation, and will be integral in informing the next steps to finalise the master plan.

We will continue to keep you informed on the next steps and timelines on this project page, and will provide email updates directly to registered participants.

Document list

Point Nepean National Park Draft Master Plan (10mb PDF ) 

Summary - Point Nepean National Park Draft Master Plan (5mb, PDF )

Community and Stakeholder Engagement Summary Report - phase 3 (5mb, PDF)

Phase 1

As part of Phase 1, held from January to March 2016, community and stakeholders were asked to comment on a discussion paper (1.2MB PDF ). about renewing the 2010 Draft Point Nepean National Park Master Plan ( PDF ), which was prepared within the planning and management context provided by the Point Nepean Quarantine Station Management Plan 2009 ( PDF )

There was a high level of interest during Phase 1, with 50 written submissions and 32 questionnaires completed. Parks Victoria convened 20 stakeholder meetings and approximately 250 people attended community information days at the Quarantine Station on the 5 and 6 February. Thank you to everyone who met with and/or emailed the project team with comments, queries and suggestions.

Parks Victoria has prepared a Consultation Summary Report (phase 1) (PDF 490KB) of this engagement process and outcomes to help inform the master plan’s development.

Ms Shelley Penn, appointed by DELWP as an independent advisor on the master plan renewal process, has also prepared a Report on Phase One community engagement (PDF 2.4MB) and emerging issues including recommendations for renewing the master plan.

Document list

Phase 1 Consultation Summary Report by Parks Victoria (PDF 490KB)
Report on Phase 1 community engagement and emerging issues by Shelley Penn (PDF 2.4MB)
Discussion paper (1.2MB PDF) 
Point Nepean Quarantine Station Management Plan 2009 (PDF 7.2MB)
Draft 2010 Point Nepean National Park Master Plan (PDF 10MB)

University of Melbourne’s National Centre for Coasts and Climate

On 15 April, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was established between the Department of Environment, Land, Planning and Water (DELWP) and the University of Melbourne.

The purpose of the MOU is to:

  • provide a mechanism for  the University of Melbourne to secure $2.1 million of available Federal funding for marine science related research of relevance to the park
  • establish a working relationship for the sharing of ‘regulatory and policy information’ relevant to the facility
  • facilitate the University of Melbourne’s preparation of a final proposal for a National Centre for Coasts and Climate research facility at Point Nepean National Park.

As stated in the MOU, DELWP and the University of Melbourne will explore “the potential to establish an education and research facility in a manner that will not be detrimental to the protection of the park, including its natural, Indigenous, historic, cultural landscape and recreational values.”

The MOU also confirms that Parks Victoria will finalise the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan before government considers proposals. The master plan will define an implementation strategy and design parameters for assessing all proposals in the park.

The draft master plan will be exhibited later this year, and at that time community and stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with Parks Victoria staff to discuss the draft master plan proposals and provide submissions.

Should you wish to issue a submission regarding ideas for research or education in the park please direct your feedback to Parks Victoria, rather than the University of Melbourne, for consideration as part of the master planning process, via email to:

Background documents

  • Any information contained in these documents is provided for general information only.
  • Parks Victoria makes no warranty or representation as to the accuracy of any information contained in these documents.
  • Many of the documents include concepts or suggestions from external consultants that have provided input into Parks Victoria’s planning processes.  Not all concepts or suggestions have been incorporated into the strategic directions for the Point Nepean National Park.  Any views or opinions expressed in these documents do not necessary represent the views or opinions of Parks Victoria.
  • Parks Victoria shall have no liability for any statements, opinions, information or matters (express or implied) arising out of, contained in or derived from, or for any omissions from, or failure to correct any information in these documents.


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