Have your say on Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park
Monday 11 November, 2019
The management plans will be amended due to a sixfold increase in visitation to both parks in the past couple of decades. This increase has also seen a change to visitor use in the park, with significant growth in recreational activities including mountain biking and running.
People can provide feedback via an online survey from now until 5 January 2020 by going to www.engage.vic.gov.au
Interested parties can also attend a face-to-face community information session at:
- Lysterfield Park Picnic Area, Sunday 8 December 2019, 08:00am - 12:00pm
Amendments to the Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park Management Plan will focus on the mountain biking experience by ensuring the existing trail network of over 30 kilometres are formally referenced and that management zones reflect current park values. Lysterfield Park’s mountain bike experience has supported a surge in growth, becoming a central hub for mountain biking in the Melbourne region. Reviewing both parks’ management zones will allow Parks Victoria to identify opportunities for improving the design, safety and environmental impacts of recreational activities in the region.
Lysterfield Park is popular for a range of other activities, with inland water recreation at Lysterfield Lake (including swimming, sailing and kayaking) all increasing. Horse riding and trail running have also been long standing activities within the park.
Churchill National Park represents some of the last examples of remnant natural environment in the region, and caters for bushwalking, trail running, picnicking and wildlife viewing with a wide variety of native fauna. Walking tracks can be linked up to those in Lysterfield Park to provide longer day walks.
A summary of engagement results will be publicly available once the consultation is completed.
Quote attributable to Julia Street, District Manager South East District, Parks Victoria:
“As a natural bushland setting only 35 kilometres south east of Melbourne’s central business district, Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park have become very popular destinations for a range of activities including bush walks, swimming, sailing, kayaking, horse riding, trail running and mountain biking.
Parks Victoria appreciates the affection and enjoyment so many people get from the great variety of recreational activities within both parks. We strongly encourage those interested in the parks’ future to register their interest so we can best shape the future management of the region’s recreational activities and environmental preservation.