Ocean Grove Nature Reserve upgrades

Background

The Ocean Grove Nature Reserve has been identified as an area of outstanding environmental and cultural significance to be protected under the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program.  The reserve protects a unique environment, with scenic landscapes, which is under increasing pressure from urban encroachment and growing visitor numbers.

The $245,000 funding has been allocated to deliver the following projects at the reserve:

  • A Cultural Heritage Management Plan for the two visitor precincts.
  • Design and installation of a new carpark that will be located near the front entrance.
  • Design drawings for a new toilet, to be relocated to near the front entrance so it can be connected to the main sewer adjacent to the front corner of the reserve.

Parks Victoria has been consulting with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve and prior to public consultation in December 2021 - January 2022.

Consultation 

 

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on two options for the new carpark.

Option 1:

A compact design that brings the bus parking and toilet facility close together.  Bus passengers have a single point of crossing in the car parking zone to access the picnic facilities and walking trails. With careful placement of vegetation this design would provide improved visibility of the toilet facilities from Grubb Rd.

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve Design Option 2

A simple linear design with 50 car parking spaces.  The design separates the facilities from the bus drop off zone.  Bus passengers would cross the car parking zone one of two points to access the toilets, picnic facilities and walking trails.  This design brings the toilet facility to the very front of the reserve.  The access road to the car park utilises the existing Info Road within the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve in both design options.

Option 2: 

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve Design Option 1

Please fill in the survey here. 

Written submissions are also welcome. Please send to engage@parks.vic.gov.au. 

Project timeline


Consultation will run from 1 December - 16 January 2022.  Designs are displayed on site. 
Parks Victoria staff will be available at drop-in sessions at the visitor centre car park (entrance via Grubb Rd) the following times:

Friday 10 December, 10.00  – 12.00
Saturday 18 December, 10.00  – 12.00
Sunday 19 December, 10.00  – 2.00 

This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.

FAQs

 

What’s happening at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve?

To cater for an increase in visitor use and for the health of the environment, a new carpark is being constructed at the front entrance of the reserve.  The carpark will cater for 50 cars and one coach.  A new all-abilities toilet will also be installed at this location.

Why is this happening?

To ensure the health and amenity for the reserve remains amid increasing visitation.  A review of the visitor experience required for the future determined that a larger visitor precinct, including a carpark and toilet block, be created at the front entrance.

What is the process?

Parks Victoria has engaged a consultant to undertake a Cultural Heritage Management Plan of the site to ensure that any significant cultural sites will be protected as part of this process.  Consultants have also been engaged to design a new carpark and toilet block.  The carpark and sewer access will be installed as part of Phase 1 and the toilet will be installed as part of Phase 2 of the project.

How/why did you choose this location?

The location is chosen to enable the toilet to be plumbed into the sewer and that the design and visibility of the carpark allows for passive surveillance to discourage anti-social behaviour.



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