Published on 28 July 2022
The Borough of Queenscliffe is requesting community input in the creation of a policy to protect the environmental values and enhance the amenity of Victoria Park in Queenscliff.
Victoria Park suffered substantial storm damage in October 2021 resulting in the loss of a number of trees. Subsequent inspections by WorkSafe also resulted in two Provisional Improvement Notices (PINs) being issued for the park, requiring Council to undertake significant public safety works to reduce the risk of trees falling on people. These works are still underway, and are expected to be completed by 22 August 2022.
The draft Victoria Park policy, which was endorsed for consultation by Councillors at the July Ordinary Meeting of Council, sets out future use of the park, aiming to preserve both its ecological values and increase amenity for all users. Council has been devasted by the major loss of trees and vegetation in the park, and is using this draft policy to initiate a conversation about how to improve the park for future generations.
Mayor Ross Ebbels said the draft policy was created using feedback Council had received, and reflects Council’s initial thinking based on what makes Victoria Park distinctive and safe for all users.
“This consultation is about listening to and acknowledging community concerns and aspirations for Victoria Park,” Cr Ebbels said. “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their ideas and provide feedback on the draft policy.”
Members of the community can share feedback on the draft policy by writing a submission via email or post. Consultation on the policy is open until 11:59pm on Wednesday 10 August. Council will provide updates on the feedback received, and how that feedback has influenced the final policy.
More information about Council’s tree management activities in Victoria Park, including a copy of the draft policy, is available on at queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/vicparktrees.