The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) are working with Surf Coast Shire (SCS) and the local community to plan the future use of the Winchelsea Common (the Common).

Last year the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) required DELWP to produce a Clean Up Plan for the Winchelsea Common. Specialist contamination consultants have been working with DELWP and SCS to develop the Clean Up Plan.

Remediation works to start March 2018

Works to clean up the Winchelsea Common are planned in commence in mid March 2018. DELWP has been undertaking a rigorous assessment of tenders and have appointed contractors Environment Earth Sciences (EESI) to start the works in the coming weeks.

In line with the Future Use Plan the works will include;

- Scraping and sifting low value vegetation sites

- Installing an all access pathway through the common

- Off lead dog area

The location of the all access compliant pathway has been pegged out which follows the alignment of the existing path and will be suitable for all users (weather depending).

Site pegging

Future Use Plan Complete

The Winchelsea Common Future Use Plan is now complete, thank you all for your input. We have received over 150 submissions from community members and incorporated all feedback where possible (see the updated final version below). The plan has been reviewed and endorsed by DELWP and the SURF Coast Shire and will be used as the footprint for the remediation and reestablishment of the reserve.

The feedback requested highlighting the natural values of the reserve, including interpretive walks, picnic areas, wildlife observation points and a shared path to give access through the Common’s nationally significant Grassy Eucalypt Woodland.

Finalising Plan details

DELWP and SCS invite community members to continue working with them on designing detailed elements including interpretive material, location of facilities such as signage, seating and walking path features.

What happens next? DELWP are now preparing to tender for the first stage of the clean up works which will include installing the fenced walking path and removing contaminated material from areas of low vegetation. It is likely these works will commence after winter once the area has dried out and access is restored. More information will be provided once a contractor and start date is confirmed.

Future Use Plan

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