Community consultation closed

Between 2019-2020, Parks Victoria undertook community consultation and planning with more than 600 participants providing their views and technical knowledge to help shape the management plan amendments. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

A consultation summary report and the full amended management plan are available below.

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2019-20 Engagement Overview

Parks Victoria amended the management plan for Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park to reflect changes to the recreational use of these parks over the past twenty years. The scope of this amendment process was to recognise mountain biking as a significant recreational activity in the park, document existing trails, update management zones and ensure contemporary management practices for Aboriginal cultural heritage are reflected in the management plan.

Community consultation about the management plan amendments was undertaken in late 2019 and early 2020.

The objectives of the amendment process were to:

  1. Update the Management Plan to include the park’s existing 30km network of mountain bike trails and integrate them with the park’s management objectives
  2. Identify the areas in which future trails and recreational activity could be expanded, subject to environmental and cultural assessments and resourcing.

Get involved

Lysterfield Park has a long history of volunteer support, with two key groups (Lysterfield District Trail Riders and Friends of Lysterfield Park) helping Parks Victoria maintain the park’s environmental, cultural and recreational values.

Since the construction of most of the park’s mountain bike network in 2005, trail development and maintenance has been completed by Parks Victoria staff, construction companies and volunteers.

Recognising the strong current and past community involvement in the park, this amendment process involved extensive community and stakeholder consultation to ensure the management plan reflects community values.

Community and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback and ideas by completing the survey below or by attending the community drop-in. Consultation was open from Monday 11 November 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020.

Become a volunteer

Volunteers play an intergral role in helping maintain Lysterfield Park and Churchill National Park. Become an official Parks Victoria volunteer by visiting or

Community drop-in event

A community drop-in event was held in the park on Sunday 8 December 2019, 08:00am - 12:00pm

User Survey

How often do you visit Churchill National Park? Required
How often do you visit Lysterfield Park? Required
How far do you travel when you visit the parks? Required
What are the main activities you do in these parks? Required

The existing zones and overlays are being amended to support future management of the two parks. Please use the Management Zones and Overlays - Fact Sheets available in the Key Documents to inform your response to the below questions.

Note - existing trails will remain in the areas they are currently approved including within Special Protection Areas.

Do you think the proposed management zones and overlays find a balance between visitor experiences, cultural and environmental values and sensitivity, statewide infrastructure and fire and emergency commitments? Required

Please use the Mountain Biking Fact Sheet available in the Key Documents to inform your response.

When using trails, on average, how long do you walk, run or ride on trails during a single visit to the park? Required
When using trails, on average, how far do you walk, run, or ride in a single visit to the parks? Required
Which walking or running trails do you use most?

Please provide a response if you walk or run on trails.

Please list the trails you use when horse-riding in Lysterfield Park.

Which mountain bike trails do you use the most?

Please provide a response if you ride mountain bikes on trails.

What is your level of knowledge and awareness of the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal cultural values of these parks? Required

Parks Victoria recognises that Aboriginal people have lived across Victoria for over a thousand generations, maintaining complex societies with languages, kinship systems, laws and spiritualties. Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants, or First Peoples, of this state. Land forms the basis of Aboriginal existence and identity which, along with water and natural resources were sustainably managed according to traditional laws and customs.

Your contact information is only be used to administer the public consultation process and will be separated from your submission. You can view the Privacy Statement below.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Collection Notice

All submissions are public documents within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Please do not include personally identifying information in the body of your submission. If you do not wish your submission to be published or to have content from your submission quoted in the Parks Victoria response to consultation, please select the appropriate tickbox in the survey or contact us at ParkPlanMailBox

Parks Victoria is committed to protecting personal information provided by you. Your personal information and the content of your submission will be dealt with in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

The personal contact information you provide will be kept separate from the body of your submission and used to administer the public consultation process only. Your personal contact information will not be provided to any other organisation unless required by law. Your personal contact information may be used by Parks Victoria to update you on this project and/or for other marketing purposes. You have the option to opt out at any time.

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