THE City of Melbourne last week called for community feedback to help inform the preparation of a new Master Plan that will guide the future of Domain Parklands over the next 20 years.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City of Melbourne is working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Government House and the Arts Centre to prepare a master plan for Domain Parklands.
"The Domain Parklands were listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2013 and are more than 150 years old: they encapsulate some of Victoria's most treasured green spaces," the Lord Mayor said.
"The previous master plan was developed in 1997. Since then our city has experienced drought, significant growth in visitation to the Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens, an increase in events and growth in residential areas adjacent to the parklands.
"It's time to create a new, cohesive master plan to guide the design and use of these wonderful green spaces into the future."
The Domain Parklands is 123 hectares in size. The City of Melbourne manages or provides services to 58 hectares of land surrounding and connecting iconic destinations including:
- Alexandra Gardens;
- Alexandra Park;
- Queen Victoria Gardens;
- Kings Domain;
- Sidney Myer Music Bowl;
- Royal Botanic Gardens;
- Shrine of Remembrance Reserve; and
- Government House.
Chair of the City of Melbourne's Environment Portfolio, Arron Wood, said the review will also consider the horticulture, plantings and garden design within the parklands.
"The sites we manage within the parklands contain more than 2700 exotic and Australian native trees representing 242 individual species. Our review will consider a contemporary tree plan for the parklands, which could include a trial site for new climate adapted species that can be used cross the municipality," Cr Wood said.
"Major celebrations and commemorations such as White Night and Moomba are also held in Domain Parklands. We will consider how these important community events can be balanced with sustainable management of the parkland."
More information is available from the City of Melbourne's 'Participate Melbourne' website at <http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/>.