Public invited to share ideas for You Yangs Regional Park and Serendip Sanctuary
Wednesday 18 September, 2019
Parks Victoria is seeking public input as it explores options to revitalise You Yangs Regional Park and Serendip Sanctuary.
Surrounded by the growing urban areas of Geelong and western Melbourne, the two sites help protect and conserve important Aboriginal cultural values and wildlife.
Parks Victoria is committed to protecting these values while exploring new options for increased nature-based visitation and tourism opportunities that contribute to the park and local communities. With the support of Regional Development Victoria, consultants have been engaged to explore ways to increase visitation, improve the visitor experience, and generate opportunities for businesses in the Lara and Little River communities.
Named from Aboriginal words meaning ‘big hill’, the You Yangs are significant for the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people, who are key partners in this project.
The regional park also provides important habitat for more than 200 species of birds, native animals, and a variety of plant species. Bushwalking, picnicking, orienteering, horse-riding, rock-climbing and mountain-biking are popular activities, while Serendip Sanctuary offers visitors, including school and tour groups, a chance to see and learn about birdlife and wetlands ecology.
The local community, park users and stakeholders are invited to discuss potential options for the area at two public drop-in sessions this month.
Public drop-in sessions
- Little River: Little River Mechanic’s Institute Hall, Thursday 10 October, 4:30pm–6:30 pm
- Lara: Lara Hall, Saturday 12 October, 10:30am–12:30pm
From 18 September, people will also be able to provide feedback online, through the Engage Victoria website.
Feedback from the public will contribute a master plan and business case that will be submitted to the state government in December 2019.
Parks Victoria is working closely with a Project Control Group comprised of Regional Development Victoria, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine, and City of Greater Geelong. Development of the business case is being funded through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund from the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions.
Quotes attributable to Paul Wallace, District Manager–Western Basalt, Parks Victoria:
“You Yangs Regional Park is a much-loved spot for visitors and groups, and an important green space for the surrounding communities.”
“This project will explore options to revitalise the regional park and Serendip Sanctuary, and create an economic assessment for potential future funding.”