report from the roundtable – 14 may
It’s been a long journey but I was delighted to be
able to move a motion at this week’s council meeting to endorse the Birdsland Master Plan.
The plan has been in the making since 2010 and has
included extensive consultation with community members, key users of the
reserve, environment groups, community group users as well as agencies who have
an interest in the reserve.
Birdsland is one of the jewels in Yarra Ranges, with
high conservation areas, significant habitat for the local wildlife including a
pair of wedge tailed eagles and a beautiful part of the shire offering abundant
passive recreation in a stunning setting.
I was pleased to learn that Betty Marsden OAM (ex
Sherbrooke Shire President and Councillor), the visionary behind the Shire of
Sherbrooke acquiring the land, was pleased with the masterplan
recommendations. Betty has long been
involved with the reserve so it was terrific to hear her positive feedback.
The masterplan sets the direction for the reserve into
the future and provides a framework to ensure that the site is sensitively
developed and managed for the future. It focuses on three development zones
being the entrance car park, the central picnic zone and the education centre
and cottage precinct.
The masterplan will provide the strategic basis to seek
funding not only through the Shire’s capital budget but also through the state
and federal government. There is great
potential for the site, particularly greater community use of the education
centre and cottage precinct, but it must been handled sensitively and the
masterplan provides a basis for any future development. I look forward to
seeing the masterplan implementation for this wonderful asset in Yarra Ranges.
I’m pleased to report that the motion was supported
unanimously by councillors (note: Cr McCarthy absent).
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