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Have Your Say - Birchip Park and Civic Precinct Masterplan

Have Your Say - Birchip Park and Civic Precinct Master Plan

An important planning project for Birchip is underway to develop a comprehensive Birchip Park and Civic Precinct Plan in close consultation with the Birchip community.

Council will manage the project and have engaged Mach2 and Workshop Architecture to work in consultation with Council and the community as well as a Project Advisory Group.

Birchip Town Plan

What is the purpose of the Master Plan?

Review key community and civic facilities, including the Shire Office, Senior Citizens Building, Old Shamrock Hotel, Shire Hall and Birchip Park (excluding swimming pool).

Identify whether the current facilities are able to provide what the community wants and needs into the future and the costs associated with bringing those facilities up to standard.

Collate research and community feedback to develop a plan for the future of the Birchip Park and Civic Precinct, delivering preliminary plans, a feasibility study and business case which would support future funding bids for development or improvements required.

Project Advisory Group

The Project Advisory Group’s role in advising and overseeing the Birchip Park and Civic Precinct Masterplan project is to:

  • Provide a voice for the community of Birchip.
  • Be a forum for more in-depth discussion of key issues, concerns or solutions, and to provide recommendations to the Project Team on behalf of the community.
  • Provide an informed perspective from their group or network and assist the Project Team in developing an understanding of relevant issues.
  • Review and provide advice on reports and working documents as the project progresses.

The Project Advisory Group consists of:

  • Jak Goldsmith (Birchip Forum)
  • Genevieve Clarke (Birchip Forum)
  • John Richmond (Birchip Forum)
  • Simone Christie (Birchip Business and Learning Centre)
  • De-Ann Ferrier (Birchip Early Learning Centre)
  • Gail Sharp (Birchip Community Representative)
  • Craig Kenny (Mach2)
  • James Staughton (Workshop Architecture)

Buloke Shire Council members include:

  • Cr Daryl Warren (Chair)
  • Darci Tierney – Recreation and Facilities Project Officer (Project Manager)
  • Trevor Rumbold – Capital Projects Officer
  • Amber Ricks – Manager Facilities and Projects

How can you get involved?

Members of the community still have an opportunity to have their say:

Whole-of-Community Engagement Session:

On Wednesday 22 June 2022 Council held the Engagement Session at Birchip Public Hall. The session was facilitated by Craig Kenny of 'Mach 2' and Council's project team. Project information and supporting documentation was made available in hard copy on the night, and attendees were encouraged to fill out feedback forms after the session.

Topics discussed:

  • Project background and information
  • Who has been involved
  • Feedback - What you've said
  • Q&A and discussion of community priorities

Submit your questions:

A Frequently Asked Questions document will be created to answer the community’s questions.
Send your questions to Darci Tierney at buloke@buloke.vic.gov.au or PO Box 1, Wycheproof, Victoria 3527.

Completing the survey:

The online survey collected community responses until 9 June 2022. Consultants collate data to inform the business case, feasibility study and design. Written responses from the Engagement Session on 22 June will also be separately collated by the consultants.

Take a look at the the Draft Design

Workshop Consultation

Workshop Architecture developed four preliminary design options based on the site visit and review of the facilities, the deliberative engagement process, the community workshop held in late November 2021 and feedback from the community survey and correspondence received about the project from community members.

The four preliminary designs were presented to representatives from community groups who frequently use the facilities at workshops in March 2022. Attendees were asked to analyse the designs and determine their “must have’s”, “should have’s”, “could have’s” and “won’t have’s”.

How was the Draft Design informed?

Further background information:

For more information contact Council’s Recreation and Facilities Project Officer Darci Tierney at dtierney@buloke.vic.gov.au or 1300 520 520.