Extensive parklands are being established in Melbourne's east, providing new opportunities for people to get into nature. The Victorian Government has invested $10.5 million to establish a park from 35 hectares of former freeway reserve between Springvale Road in Forest Hill and the Morack Public Golf Course in Vermont.
The undeveloped land was once owned by VicRoads with the intention to construct a freeway. The land was then transferred to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and planning to convert the land to parklands began. In September 2021 Parks Victoria was appointed as land manager. Parks Victoria will now oversee the planning and construction of the new park and manage the park into the future.
The park is expected to be completed in 2023.
In 2016 DELWP engaged with the local community to gather ideas and seek direction for the future of the Healesville Freeway Reserve park. These ideas were incorporated into the Healesville Freeway Reserve Concept Plan - identifying access and trails, nature and biodiversity as the two main priorities for this valuable land.
In 2018, DELWP engaged the community to suggest a new name for the new park and the community strongly supported the selection of a suitable Aboriginal name. The results of this engagement can be viewed here. Work on renaming the park is currently underway in consultation with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.
Parks Victoria is now beginning to bring the Concept Plan to life through the development of a Park Layout Plan. You can help to inform the Park Layout Plan by joining our Community Reference Group. Or, you can join the conversation in mid-2022 when community consultation on the draft Park Layout Plan is undertaken.
Join our Community Reference Group
We are now seeking Expressions of Interest to participate in a Community Reference Group to help plan a new park at the Healesville Freeway Reserve.
The Community Reference Group will bring together up to 15 people with diverse interests and connections to the future park to work closely with a team of planners and designers in developing a Park Layout Plan.
Expressions of interest are open until 10 December 2021.
Click on the button below to find out more about joining the Community Reference Group and to submit an Expression of Interest.
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