The Andrews Labor Government’s new Canadian Regional Park was officially opened today, securing the park for future generations of Ballarat residents, as well as providing important recreational and tourism opportunities.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard and community members to celebrate the Park’s opening.
The 641 hectare Park located on the edge of Ballarat offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including walking, mountain bike riding and horse riding in selected areas, as well as cultural experiences.
It will help protect local native flora and fauna, including threatened Yarra Gums, as well as providing habitat for resident koalas and other native animals and birds. It also protects a vital north-south wildlife corridor.
Joining in the celebrations were representatives of the Friends of Canadian Corridor, a key community organisation representing 40 community groups who advocated for the park to be saved from potential development.
The Labor Government worked closely with the community group to make the Park a reality.
Parks Victoria will now manage the land and will work in partnership with the community on decision making, park planning and delivery.
An extensive community consultation is underway to shape the new park and has been helped by a $2 million contribution from the Labor Government for things such as walking tracks, signage, shelters and revegetation.
The Labor Government will also work with traditional owners and the community to find a new name for the Park, which acknowledges its location in Wadawurrung country.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We promised that we would protect Canadian Park for future generations and we’ve done just that.”
“The Ballarat community should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. With new walking tracks, shelters and other facilities on the way, this will be a real drawcard for those living and visiting this great city.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“Ballarat’s new regional park is a truly unique opportunity to open up recreational space so close to a major regional centre. I am sure the local community will love this park.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“The community fought hard to protect Canadian Park and thanks to the Labor Government, not only is it safe but will be better than ever.”
“The Labor Government and Parks Victoria will continue to work closely with community groups such as the Friends of Canadian Corridor and traditional owners to ensure we can create something truly special here.”