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Largest park in the City of Whittlesea set for development

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

The largest park in the City of Whittlesea, Quarry Hills Parkland, is set to become a community destination after its long-term plan was endorsed at the last City of Whittlesea meeting.

Located in South Morang and Mernda, Quarry Hills Parkland will expand to cover 1100 hectares, and become a home to new facilities such as the Granite Hills Major Park and Aboriginal Gathering Place.

The Quarry Hills Regional Parkland Future Directions Plan, developed in partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and funded through the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action, will guide the delivery of the parklands.

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Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the Future Directions Plan would help preserve the area’s cultural and ecological significance and offered an open space for the growing population and visitors.

“Our vision is that the parklands become a place for exploration, reconciliation, healing, learning and play, for our community and also for visitors to the area,” she said.

“We have worked closely with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and our community to create the principles that will guide the parklands’ future development and we would like to thank everyone who has provided their feedback.”

The plan outlined key priorities that include working with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people to establish a Caring for Country Management Plan; providing parkland facilities such as welcoming gateways, entry points, connected pathways, toilets and signage; maintain the area as a free and accessible space; and protect plants, animals and their habitats within the parklands.

Recommendations from the Cultural Values Study by the WurundjeriWoi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation were embraced in the plan that includes renaming the parkland to recognise Woi-wurrung custodianship.

A formal naming process for the parkland, including community engagement, will begin in early 2024. 

To view the Future Directions Plan, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au

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