Phillip Island,
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September
2013
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Australia/Melbourne

Have Your Say On Scenic Estate

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In April this year, Bass Coast Shire Council decided that the Council-owned land in Scenic Estate would be managed for conservation and to enhance community and enjoyment of its environmental assets.

To achieve this vision, a draft landscape plan has being prepared for Scenic Estate. Council would like to hear from you on the options proposed in that plan, and about what else you might like to see at the site.

The draft landscape plan proposes ideas such as:

  • a carpark at the western entrance, avoiding the more dangerous intersection at the eastern entrance
  • gravel walking paths
  • boardwalks
  • viewing platforms
  • picnic areas
  • an observation tower
  • emergency and management vehicle access.

Protection of the vegetation and re-planting of the degraded areas of land with plants indigenous to the area is already underway. The walks, viewing platforms and picnic areas are proposed to enable visitors to rest and enjoy the bush, wildlife and views.

Council will work closely with our partners to deliver on this plan, including the Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria, and a Community Reference Group.

The low lying nature of Scenic Estate means that infrastructure such as toilets and hard surfaces are not feasible for this area.

Walking tracks and picnic areas are to be sited on the Council owned land and roads, which covers around 50 per cent of the site.

You can view the draft and complete a short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/scenicestate to have your say. Paper copies of the draft landscape design plan and survey are available from the Bass Coast Shire Council offices in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Grantville.

Please join us for a community walk around Scenic Estate on October 31, meeting on site at 10.00am for a two hour walk with Council staff. For more information, contact Council's Land and Catchment Officer, Diana Whittington, on 5671 2125 or email d.whittington@basscoast.vic.gov.au.