What is happening in Wahgunyah?
The Community Strengthening Project kicked off in Wahgunyah in January 2011. Consultations took place with Wahgunyah community groups and individuals and a survey was sent out to the Wahgunyah Progress Association to gather more ideas from members.
A Community Planning Evening was held on Monday 16 May 2011 at the School of Arts Hall, Wahgunyah. At this meeting the Wahgunyah community had the opportunity to discuss and prioritise ideas that came from the consultations. 15 people attended this meeting, however, it was a group that were very representative of the community. A decision was then made to distribute the priorities from this meeting with the wider Wahgunyah community via a further round of consultation to confirm their priority. This process took place from July-October 2011 prior to a draft Plan being prepared.
The top three priorities identified are:
- Extend cycle paths beyond the Flower farm to Lake Moodemere
- Establish a Rail Trail Station/Rest stop
- Clean up and/or beautify vacant recreational land
A number of ideas were put forward for use of the Rail Reserve and these included
- Rail Trail Station Rest Stop
- RV Friendly Dump Point
- Community Garden
- Picnic Areas
- Men’s Shed
- Botanical Garden
- BMX Track
- Skate Park
- Relocate Playground at corner of Foord St and Blanche Street
A Wahgunyah Community Plan has now been created. To view the current Plan click here.
The Plan summarises the steps taken to get the Wahgunyah Community Strengthening Project underway as well as the different ideas and priorities that came through in consultations and the community planning night.
Extend cycle paths beyond the Flower farm to Lake Moodemere
Work has begun with an interested and knowledgeable group of locals to explore options for the extension of the cycle path to Lake Moodemere. This group has representatives from Parks Victoria and links to DSE. They have held an initial meeting with Shire Engineers and several follow-up meetings to discuss options in more detail. As a first stage, Traton St extension has now been closed to vehicles to prevent further damage to this track by 4WD vehicles.
Clean up and/or beautify vacant recreational land, particularly town entrance (incl tree plantings)
A key element of this project is the Rail Reserve near the Town Entrance and to the west of Uncle Tobys. This area of land (see picture below) includes a small block owned by Council on corner of Victoria and Sarah Streets as well as a much larger surrounding area that is now under lease to Council from VicTrack as part of the Murray to Mountains Wahgunyah-Rutherglen Rail Trail. Community meetings were held in August 2012 to brief the Wahgunyah community on planning opportunities for this precinct. Wahgunyah Progress Association are auspicing a Working Party formed to guide the local side of the planning process. The Working Party outlined their plans to the community in January 2013 and are liaising with our Infrastructure Services Team to begin developing their plans for this Reserve.
In September 2013, Wahgunyah Progress Association oversaw a project to plant about 80 street trees on both sides of the eastern town entrance.
For further details on this Plan, please contact Chris Westwood via email firstname.lastname@example.org or local call 1300 365 003.
Last updated: 04 November 2013