What is the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Concept Plan?

This concept plan is the next stage in delivering on the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Masterplan. It proposes elements from the Masterplan that COuncil would like your feedback on.

What is the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Masterplan?

The Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Masterplan was developed following the consultation on the Narre Warren South Developer Contributions Plans. The Masterplan incorporates a range of suggestions received by the local community during the consultation.The activities and infrastructure outlined on the Masterplan will further enhance the experiences available at the reserve.

Background and Previous Consultation:

Reallocation of Narre Warren South Development Contributions Plan In February 2016 where the community were asked about Narre Warren South Development Contributions Plan (DCP). The development of the Narre Warren South area is almost complete and most of the projects listed in the Narre Warren South Development Contributions Plan have been delivered, with the exception of a tennis facility that includes courts and a pavilion. Approximately $830,000 has been collected for its construction; however that amount is no longer enough for it to be delivered. There is also a lack of demonstrated demand for further tennis facilities within the area and residents can access the nearby court facilities at Sweeney Reserve. As the construction of this facility has not commenced, there is an opportunity to reconsider the allocation of these funds. As an alternative to a tennis facility, Council sought your views on what you would like to see these funds spent on to support leisure and recreation within the western part of the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve. If there was general support for the reallocation of the funds on alternative leisure and recreation projects, Council would then seek formal approval from the Minister for Planning to reallocate the funds for that purpose. Please refer to the plan for the location of the Narre Warren South DCP area, the site originally proposed for a tennis facility and the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve area. We asked residents whether they supported the reallocation of funds remaining in the DCP, and if so what the funds could be spent on to support healthy and active lifestyles. Feedback sought from the community on the proposal to reallocate funds was overwhelmingly supportive and provided invaluable ideas and suggestions about what facilities people would like to see implemented in the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve.
Draft Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Masterplan:  A further consultation was undertaken in April 2016, with those residents that wanted to be updated on the process. Residents were provided with a copy of the Draft Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve Masterplan and asked to provide feedback. The responses were positive, residents felt like their suggestions had been heard and reflected in the draft Masterplan.