Developing master plan was no walk in the park

September 06, 2017

Campaspe Shire is creating a master plan for Victoria Park and Scenic Dve. Photo: submitted

CAMPASPE Shire Council has released a draft master plan of Victoria Park and Scenic Drive, Echuca.

Mayor Adrian Weston said the draft master plan is the result of information gathered through the consultation process, with key stakeholder groups as well as the wider community.

The plan is now out for final community comment before being progressed to a final plan for presentation to council.

Key components of the master plan include:

Road networks - Upgrade and redesign of road networks:

■Rationalise the current ad hoc network of roadways through the precinct with a focus of separating vehicles and pedestrians.

■Parking spaces will be developed, eliminating the current informal use of public space as carparks.

■Scenic Drive will be altered to allow vehicle access to the junction of the Murray and Campaspe rivers only via a two-way gravel roadway along the Campaspe River.

Pedestrian and cycle networks – Development of pedestrian and cycle networks to support informal recreation spaces:

■Develop improved cycle and pedestrian infrastructure and networks.

■Themed pedestrian and cycling routes to cater for different interests and abilities with improved access through to Crofton Street and the Port Precinct.

Community open spaces - Redevelopment of open spaces including the rose garden and boat ramp area:

■The entrance to the precinct, with the Rose Garden and historic Vic Park gates, will be redeveloped.

■The boat ramp area will be redeveloped to improve access and parking zones for cars and boats as well as a designated overflow parking area for special events.

■A redevelopment of the existing lawn terraces at the boat ramp to create another riverside open space for year round access to the river bank.

■A replacement toilet block at the boat ramp.

Sport facilities - Improvement of the sport facilities at Vic Park:

■A larger, more modern comprehensive multi-use pavilion is planned to replace the Haw Pavilion, Boral Bar, public toilets and tennis clubhouse. This pavilion will include club facilities, function areas, storage, female friendly change and toilet facilities and other facilities.

■Six lawn tennis courts.

■The oval surface will be redeveloped with improved drainage and improved grass surface.

■New access and parking arrangements are proposed to improve accessibility during events and regular use.

Former high school site - exploration of the potential at the former high school site:

■Review use and ownership options.

■Potential ideas for this site include development of a Yorta Yorta Cultural Heritage Centre, a trailhead facility and parking and the reinstatement of the old school oval as a multi-use green space to support junior sport and community events.

Site management:

■The plan recommends a change to the management model of the precinct.

■The area to the south of the road, incorporating the boat ramp, old school oval, sports precinct to remain under council’s management.

■Investigate either crown management or management by the Yorta Yorta community for the area to the north of the proposed road incorporating bushland, nature and conservation areas that support passive recreation and enjoyment.

Submissions to the draft master plan are now open, closing Friday, September 29 and can be made to or by mail to Fraser Neele senior planner at the Campaspe Shire Council.

The master plan can be viewed at council’s Echuca office and on its website.

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