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New cultural vision for Quarry Hills Regional Parklands

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The City of Whittlesea is welcoming community members to submit their ideas on the future development of the area’s largest regional park, Quarry Hills Regional Parklands.

The parklands are a natural landscape located in the city’s growing suburbs, providing significant views across Melbourne.

Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the landmark would soon be expanded through council’s new draft Future Direction Plan.

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“The 330-hectare parklands will ultimately expand to cover approximately 1100 hectares, or 2.3 per cent of the municipality, and will be home to a number of new facilities including the Granite Hills Playground and the Aboriginal Gathering Place,” she said.

The Future Direction Plan was a partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to guide the long term plans for the area.

“Previous consultation with the community and stakeholders has informed the draft Future Directions Plan and we have also incorporated insights from a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung cultural values study that was undertaken,” Ms Wilson said.

Ms Wilson said the new plan set a vision for the parklands, adopting the key themes of people, place, environment and economy.

“We want Quarry Hills Regional Parkland to reflect our community’s values and provide a space that is welcoming and accessible, while also protecting the history and natural beauty of the land,” she said.

“We would love to hear your ideas on what you would like to see in the parklands, and I really encourage our residents to provide their feedback on the draft plan.”

To view the draft Future Directions Plan and provide your feedback, visit engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/quarry-hills.

Consultation closes January 20, 2023.

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