Have your say on draft landscape plan for Bellbird Park

Published on 20 May 2020

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Community input is being sought on a draft landscape plan for Drouin’s Bellbird Park.

Bellbird Park recreation precinct is approximately 23 hectares in area and is a significant sporting, recreation and environmental reserve combined with significant indigenous vegetation and open space supporting a range of fauna.

The draft landscape plan aims to provide direction for the use and development of the reserve for both Council and the community into the future. The plan seeks to guide a sustainable, quality, well utilised and valued future for the popular space.

Following adoption of the Drouin Recreation Plan Review in June 2019, 32 recommendations were identified for Bellbird Park including the preparation of a landscape plan to detail suitable locations and designs for walking tracks, revegetation works and other open space.

The draft landscape plan addresses two main themes:

  • Infrastructure: Walking tracks, signage, bird viewing platforms and parking.
  • Environment and drainage: Weed management, wetland areas, revegetation, trees and drainage.

Concurrently, Council is working on designs for a new multi-use sporting pavilion for the eastern section of Bellbird Park. Feedback is also being sought on two proposed options for the location of this pavilion.

A Project Reference Group (PRG) has been established with representatives of the key user groups to help scope the project.

To best balance the recreational, social and environmental values of the reserve, the draft landscape plan has been prepared in collaboration with professional consultants.

Have your say

Community members interested in reviewing and providing feedback on the draft landscape plan are encouraged to do so. A 17-question survey is now available online, with hard copies also available on request.

To access the draft landscape plan and survey, please to go www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay

This consultation opportunity is open until Wednesday 17 June 2020.

Following the consultation period, comments will be consolidated and used to make further recommendations to Council for the adoption of the landscape plan at a future Council meeting.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Danny Goss

“Through the landscape plan, we want to guide improvements to infrastructure, facilities, biodiversity and environment at Bellbird Park. We encourage locals and users of the reserve to have a read through the plan and let us know your feedback.”

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Image: Full draft Bellbird Park Landscape Plan available now for community review and feedback.

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