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Yarra Bend Park Management Plan

Yarra Bend scene

Parks Victoria is developing a management plan for Yarra Bend Park to guide future management of one of Melbourne’s iconic destinations on the banks of the Yarra River.

The 265 hectare park is a significant area of bushland located only 6km from central Melbourne. The park protects the largest and most intact natural bushland near the city while providing for a wide range of compatible recreation activities.


Initial community consultation

Newsletters and discussion sessions with community.

Prepare draft plan

2016 -18
Review community input

The input received used in preparing the draft plan. Issues identified and issues researched and further targeted consultation informs plan

Prepare draft plan


Draft Plan to be released for community comment for minimum of 60 days. Hard copies may be purchased by calling 131963 or, download free from the website.

Public comment on draft plan


Submissions on the draft plan are carefully considered in preparing the final plan.

Prepare final plan


Following revision in response to public comments, plan submitted for approval, released and implemented.

Release approved plan

Community engagement is an essential part of the planning process and there are formal and informal opportunities for input from the community, interested organisations and individuals. Development of the draft plan has included extensive community consultation with a range of stakeholder and interest groups, agencies and the broader community. Newsletters and other publications were prepared and made available on Parks Victoria’s website and through a range of outlets. About 50 detailed submissions were received during the initial consultation, and 55 people participated in the discussion sessions held within the park as part of the planning process.

The draft management plan will build on, reviews and updates the 1999 Yarra Bend Park Strategy Plan, the 2009 Yarra Bend Park Dog Friendly Park: Plan & Guidelines, the 2009 Yarra Bend Park Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan and the Yarra Bend Park Action Plan 2013.

Have your say

A draft management plan will be released for public comment in late 2018. The plan will be finalised following revision of the draft plan in response to public comments.

Parks Victoria encourages everyone interested in the future of this park to email any comments to the planning team: