Westgate Park in inner Melbourne is growing with the Andrews Labor Government adding three new parcels of land to expand the inner-city oasis by around 4 hectares.
New land additions will improve the world famous ‘pink-lake-park’ by boosting visitor access to the Yarra River and providing new green open space for the Fishermans Bend community and the region.
As part of the transformation of Fishermans Bend, the park brings much needed recreation opportunities for this expanding community which is expected to be home to around 80,000 residents and 60,000 workers by 2050.
The land additions follow a commitment made by the Victorian Government in December 2015, when it announced plans to expand Westgate Park and contribute $2.5 million to improve the park’s facilities.
The Westgate Park Master Plan is being prepared by Parks Victoria, in consultation with the Friends of Westgate Park and will be made available for consultation in coming months. The Master Plan is aligned with the work of the Fishermans Bend Taskforce in developing the planning framework for the area.
The Government has provided $2.5 million additional funding for upgrades to the Westgate Park to Parks Victoria, which will be spent in accordance with the master plan.
Quotes attributable to Labor Member for Albert Park Martin Foley
“The transfer of this additional land to Westgate Park represents an addition of around 4 hectares of open space, which will provide many environmental and health benefits for the local community”
“The addition of this land will provide more open space for families, residents and visitors to enjoy recreational activities and natural surroundings.”
“Creating new metropolitan parks and investing in our current parks is a priority for this government, because spending time in nature has a significant impact on improving the health and wellbeing of communities.”