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Conservation plan for Victory Park

Victory Park in autumn

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a conservation plan for Victory Park, one of the shire’s most significant and popular public parks.

The Conservation Management Plan (CMP) outlines the heritage values and significance of the park and provides guidance on how to conserve and protect the important community asset.

Community consultation provided Council with a good understanding of the characteristics of the park that users valued.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Manager Healthy Environments Ben Bowman said Victory Park is a central and well-loved public space.

“Community members told us they love the shade, trees and green grass at Victory Park, and that the park is an important place to connect with family and friends,” said Mr Bowman.

Victory Park has been a key place for the people of the shire to gather, participate in events and reflect on the sacrifices made by fellow Australians in wars and armed conflicts for nearly 100 years.

“One of the challenges explored in the plan is how to balance the use of Victory Park for events, and the damaging impact they can have on the lawn, plants and ageing trees,” said Mr Bowman.

“We know the park is really popular and will work with park users and event organisers to develop planning and event guidelines to minimise the impact on the park to help preserve its heritage values and the elements that are highly valued by the community,” he said.

Later this year Council will begin community consultation on the design of a new and improved playground at Victory Park, as one of the recommendations in the plan.

The proposed playground will allow access for all abilities, meet the needs of a broader range of age groups and encourage children of all ages to play together.

Other hard and soft landscaping and tree works will progressively be undertaken in keeping with the heritage conservation directions in the plan.

Community consultation on the playground will take place in coming months. To register your interest in providing input into the playground design contact Council at info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1700.

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