MELBOURNE Water is seeking community ideas about how to increase future recreational and open-space uses for Yean Yean Reservoir.

Ideas from the community will be considered in the development of the Yan Yean Reservoir Draft Master Plan.

Yan Yean Reservoir, Melbourne’s oldest water-supply reservoir, was completed in 1857.

Water supply will remain the main function of the reservoir, but additional recreation opportunities and open green space will be considered where compatible.

The land surrounding the reservoir is home to a variety of native plant and animal species.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park provides picnic areas and walking tracks for community use.

Melbourne Water land and collaborative planning acting manager Ellen Mitchell said Melbourne Water was keen to expand the park’s uses.

The program will complement Parks Victoria upgrade works at Yan Yean Reservoir starting in spring 2022.

Parks Victoria’s spring works will include upgrades to the southern picnic area and toilets, the middle picnic area, and the northern picnic area and toilets to provide essential amenities for the community when making use of the upgraded park space. 

Melbourne Water began a community engagement program at the start of April, continuing until the end of May, which aims to give authorities a better understanding of what additional features and activities would make the reservoir a more enjoyable place to visit.

Ms Mitchell said it was important for people to have an opportunity to submit their views about possible future uses of Yan Yean Reservoir.

“We are excited about hearing what you have to say and investigating ways this asset can be best utilised as part of Melbourne Water’s vision to enhance life and liveability,” she said.

People can find out more or share ideas by visiting

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