Public Open Space Strategy

Baw Baw Shire Council currently manages and maintains 405 hectares of public open space for the community, in addition to 153 hectares of bushland reserves.

The Public Open Space Strategy is mainly concerned with the land that is managed by Council for community recreation and leisure, and includes parks for passive recreation, sports and active activities, linear trails and more natural areas.

Over the next 20 to 30 years, there is expected to be significant growth and change, with many new residents and urban development. To ensure that there are adequate parks and gardens for our community, Council has prepared the strategy to help plan for our future public open space needs and the ongoing enhancement of these treasured community assets.

Main Objectives of the Strategy:

  • Create a strategy for the future planning and provision of public open space across Baw Baw Shire.
  • Provide guidelines with regards to park improvement standards, and standard details for park furniture and facilities.
  • Provide guidance to developers and Council as to the requirements for additional public open space in new developments.

Community Involvement:

Over 600 people have participated in the development of the open space strategy so far, including:

  • 452 community members who returned one of the 2,000 surveys mailed out to randomly selected residents across the shire.
  • 109 community members who were surveyed while they were out enjoying Baw Baw’s parks.
  • 60 people who came along to a workshop meeting.

To view a hardcopy of the strategy, visit any of our Customer Service Centres.

For more information, email the Project Officer or call 5624 2411.