Have your say on the future of the You Yangs and Serendip

Friday 4 September, 2020

Parks Victoria, in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, is inviting the public to have its say on the future of You Yangs Regional Park and Serendip Sanctuary.

The You Yangs precinct is a rich and varied landscape, comprising the distinctive granite peaks of ‘Wurdi Youang’ and Serendip Sanctuary. Located on Wadawurrung Country, the precinct holds significant natural and cultural value, with a history of more than 30,000 years.  

Today, the You Yangs and Serendip Sanctuary are popular places for wildlife viewing, education and outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, horse riding, rock-climbing and abseiling, trail running, bushwalks and picnics. 

Parks Victoria is committed to protecting the environment while exploring new options for increased nature-based visitation and tourism opportunities that contribute to the park and local communities.

In partnership with Regional Development Victoria, a draft Master Plan has been prepared for the precinct that aims to protect and enhance the natural and cultural assets of the precinct, while also identifying new facilities, infrastructure and unique experiences that can be offered to establish it as a leading visitor destination.

The draft Master Plan is now publicly available on Engage Victoria website: https://engage.vic.gov.au/future-investment-you-yangs-and-serendip-sanctuary

Community members are invited to review the plan and provide their feedback via a survey or by making a submission up until 4 October.

Parks Victoria will also be holding an online community information session on Wednesday 16 September, 5.30–7.00pm, where people will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from the project team.

If you are interested please register for this session online via https://engage.vic.gov.au/future-investment-you-yangs-and-serendip-sanctuary or by ringing 13 1963.

Serendip Sanctuary is currently closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visitors to other parks and reserves are reminded of the public health measures in place across regional Victoria, including physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and that there are only four reasons for leaving home.

Quotes attributable to Jodi Heath, District Manager, Parks Victoria

“As visitor numbers continue to increase annually, the importance of communities connecting with nature is going to be more important than ever. This draft Master Plan was informed by engagement with key stakeholders and community, including a survey on Engage Victoria which was completed by over 800 people.

Parks Victoria thanks everyone for their contribution to date and we look forward to further engagement with key stakeholders and the local community on the future possibilities.”

 


Media enquiries

Gareth Rees

Mobile: 0417 067 706

gareth.rees@parks.vic.gov.au

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