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Werribee Township Regional Park to create new community space for activities

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340 hectare New Werribee Township park to be an exciting new destination for Werribee’s local community

Located at the northern boundary of the existing Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale nested along the Werribee River, the new park aims to allow for greater community interaction.

Park boundaries were established during the planning process in 2018 and 2019. This includes parkland that will benefit and be accessible to the community and protect important environmental values.

Under the Suburban Parks Program, the Victorian Government is establishing three new Regional Parks in Melbourne’s growth areas.

A community consultation in 2021 resulted in the parks initial planning and development for feature nature playscapes, barbeque and picnic areas, wetlands, frog habitats and revitalised creeks.

A further investment will renew the planning for two regional parks and conduct some early establishment work in and around Melbourne’s western growth corridor.

This will result in:

  • Upgrading the Werribee River Regional Park (223 hectares of parkland to the south of Werribee).
  • Creating the new Werribee Township Regional Park (340 hectares of new parkland in Wyndham Vale)

The three parks together represent more than 720 hectares of invaluable green open space which will improve Victorians’ health, wellbeing and connectivity while also creating local jobs.

Backed by a $19.5 million investment to begin initial works, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio recently released draft plans for the new parks creating walking trails, car parks and fencing once the draft plans were finalised.

Working closely with the government, traditional owners and local councils will ensure the parks will meet the needs of growing communities to preserve and enhance natural and cultural heritage.

The City of Wyndham is forecast to experience significant increase in population over the next 20 years. As heralded in the Linking People and Spaces Strategy 2002, large scale open space was required.

With new walking and cycling trails offering opportunities for tourism and education, the parks will be a major boost to Melbourne’s liveability.

A connected trail network will allow for greater connectivity and extend recreational opportunities for the local community. As a result, it will be an excellent addition to Wyndham’s recreation offerings. It will also help to promote the township’s riverside area.

The Werribee Township Regional Park will take time be fully completed. Members of the public can look forward to contributing to the park’s vision now and then enjoy exploring the new park as development proceeds to completion, estimated in the next few years.

Community members and stakeholders can share feedback on the three draft plans through surveys on Engage Victoria, participating in an online session, or by speaking to the Parks Victoria team during community pop-ups in April and May.

To get involved or seek additional information visit the Engage Victoria parks page

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