Baw Baw Shire Council currently manages and maintains 405 hectares of public open space for the community, in addition to 153 hectares of bushland reserves. The Public Open Space Strategy is mainly concerned with the land that is managed by Council for community recreation and leisure, and includes parks for passive recreation, sports and active activities, linear trails and more natural areas. Over the next 20 to 30 years, there is expected to be significant growth and change, with many new residents and urban development. To ensure that there are adequate parks and gardens for our community, Council has prepared the strategy to help plan for our future public open space needs and the ongoing enhancement of these treasured community assets. The main objectives of this strategy are to create a strategy for the future planning and provision of public open space across Baw Baw Shire; provide guidelines with regards to park improvement standards, and standard details for park furniture and facilities; and provide guidance to developers and Council as to the requirements for additional public open space in new developments.
Baw Baw Shire Council: 2014