Following a $2.026 million election commitment and 12-months of planning, the Victorian Government has finalised a plan for Ballarat’s 641-hectare Woowookarung Regional Park.
The plan includes options for visitor sites and lookouts, with improved connections and linkages to the city of Ballarat, one of Victoria’s fastest growing regional areas.
A trail network utilising both existing and new trails will make the park more accessible and encourage healthy activities like walking, horse riding, bike riding, socialising and nature appreciation. This includes experiences that can accommodate visitors of all ages and abilities, including a dementia sensory trail – a first for Victoria.
A new Community Engagement Ranger will support the delivery of health programs in the park, consolidating aspirations for Woowookarung to be a place that contributes to the community’s physical and mental wellbeing.
The plan also outlines how the park’s cultural history and native flora and fauna will be protected through conservation, regeneration and revegetation programs, pest animal and plant control programs, and Traditional Owner cultural fire management practices.
Ballarat locals, community groups and Traditional Owners, the Wadawarrung, were a driving force in the development of the plan, which followed community advocacy for the creation of Woowookarung Regional Park in 2016.
The regional park is managed by Parks Victoria, which developed the plan following extensive consultation with neighbours, community and stakeholder groups, and Traditional Owners.
Parks Victoria will continue to work closely with the community and its key stakeholders to ensure the park continues to be nurtured, maintained and enhanced for the benefit of future generations.