Braeside Park Precinct Plan
Parks Victoria is developing a Precinct Plan for Braeside Park to guide management and community activation opportunities over the next 5-10 years.
Braeside Park is a 310-hectare green-space oasis within Melbourne’s south-east suburbs, currently experiencing growth in visitation as the surrounding residential areas expand. A review of the planning framework for the park in 2019 recommended the need for a Precinct Plan to provide a short to medium term strategy to guide management decisions. Stakeholder and community consultation is key in developing this plan.
- Parks Victoria will develop a precinct plan that guides the future function, development and management of Braeside Park for the next 5-10 years.
- Stakeholder and community engagement is a key element of this project, with workshops and an online survey designed to gather community input for the future of the park.
- Throughout the project, Parks Victoria aims to raise awareness of the Braeside Park and the opportunities it provides to the community.
A draft Precinct Plan will be available for public comment prior to finalisation. Once complete, the Precinct Plan will guide short to medium term (5-10 years) management decisions for the park to achieve the directions set by the Precinct Plan. While a Precinct Plan is an important planning tool to guide future decisions within Braeside Park, there is no obligation or commitment from Parks Victoria to deliver each of the initiatives detailed in a Precinct Plan within a specific timeframe.
Project duration and key dates
Oct 2019 - Stakeholder workshops
Jan 2020 - Community consultation
Mar 2020 - Engagement Report
Apr 2020 - Draft Precinct Plan*
Jul 2020 - Project finalisation
*Draft Precinct Plan timing subject to change
Stakeholder and community engagement
Parks Victoria undertook a two stage engagement process to gather an understanding of the current values of Braeside Park, and test future opportunities in the park. The two stages were:
- Stage 1: key stakeholders and special interest groups participated in workshops to identify opportunities for the park (Sept – Oct 2019)
- Stage 2: community feedback regarding ideas raised via Engage Vic (Dec 2019 – Jan 2020)
A summary of the engagement process, ideas raised and community feedback is available in the Braeside Park Precinct Plan Engagement Report.
Braeside Park is in the south-east region of metropolitan Melbourne, within the City of Kingston Local Government Area. The park is a green-space oasis amid an urbanised, residential environment, where access to large areas of green public open-space is limited (not including local beaches). The park offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. It protects significant environmental and cultural heritage. The park’s Red Gum grassy woodlands, heathland and the wetlands, provide a series of diverse, complex and valuable environmental communities.
Twelve kilometres of multipurpose trails meander through the park, providing opportunities for walking, running or cycling. A gentle stroll can be taken through the interactive community garden or around the muralled art walls or tree stump art carvings. An adventure playground includes spaces for both younger and older children including access for those with limited mobility. Barbeques and picnic facilities are also available.
The park received 460,000 visits in 2017, with visitor numbers continuing to grow. The main visitor group was nature admirers and visitor satisfaction remains strong, with many people rating the natural, outdoors environment, and kids play space as the most important features within the park.
A very active Men’s Shed operates in the northern section of the park, offering a gathering and activity space for local men. Several community groups regularly meet at the park, making use of the facilities within the park, including those at the visitor centre. Six Licensed Tour Operators, offering a range of passive and active recreation opportunities, have permits to carry out their activities within the park.