Chirnside Urban Park Draft Master Plan

Submissions closed on 07 March 2021, 11:59 PM

Chirnside Urban Park Render

Yarra Ranges Council is planning a new Urban Park for Belsay Reserve, at the corner of Kimberley Drive and Black Springs Road in Chirnside Park.

We’d like to invite you to share your feedback on the Draft Master Plan for the Urban Park.

What you told us

In late 2019 – early 2020, we asked the community, school groups, seniors groups and youth what they would like to see at Belsay Reserve, which is currently open space with a wetland area.

You told us it was important for the new Chirnside Urban Park:

  • To maintain open space and include substantial trees and gardens
  • To be a destination that can be used by all ages and abilities
  • To include inviting and safe places to meet and eat
  • To have accessible walking circuits and be easily accessed by footpaths or parking
  • To include opportunities for play

What has been done so far

To provide a park that met the wishes of the local community, we needed to extend the land available to include the allotment next to Kimberley Drive. The sale of the land to Council has now been confirmed.

We have used the community’s feedback and expert opinion to help create a draft Master Plan, incorporating the community’s ideas where possible and appropriate. 

Key elements proposed for the Chirnside Urban Park:

  • An urban forest zone for nature play and discovery
  • A regional-level playspace with a multi-level structure and play elements for all ages and abilities
  • Enhancing the existing wetlands area to integrate with other proposed activity areas
  • An urban parkland zone with flexible open space and a shelter with barbeque facilities
  • A hardstand zone for junior bike play or catering van use during events
  • Amenities including accessible car parking and public toilets
  • General park features including a lit path network, picnic shelters, lawn areas and trees for shade

Read the Master Plan

Download the full Master Plan(PDF, 27MB)

See the map of what we've got planned(PDF, 204KB)

Fill out the survey

We’re asking community members to share your feedback about the draft Master Plan in a survey, before we before we finalise the plan and send it to Council to be endorsed.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

Complete the survey


Belsay Reserve, Cnr Kimberley Drive & Black Springs Road, Chirnside Park 3116  View Map

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Council creates Master Plans to map out how an area (such as a park or recreation reserve) will change over a long period of time (up to 10 or 20 years). 

These changes could include adding in buildings, park equipment, playgrounds, paths or features that we've identified a need for, from community feedback, data and trends.

When we create a Master Plan, we gather feedback from the community about what they would like to see in an area and use that, along with data and expert opinion, to create a draft plan.

The Draft Master Plan is then put back out to the community, so we can get more feedback and ensure our plan has got all the details and ideas right.

We can’t always include everyone’s ideas or suggestions into a Draft Master Plan, but we’ll look over everyone’s feedback and create something that works for the community, while planning for future residents and visitors.

Once the draft plan has been out for public feedback, it will be discussed at a public Council meeting and be endorsed.

After that happens, we'll start working on the projects in the plan.

Once this consultation ends, we’ll look over the new feedback, make any changes necessary and send the Master Plan to Council to be endorsed.

For a project of this size, we’ll need to seek external funding to make the plan a reality. Once it’s endorsed, we’ll use the Master Plan to advocate for grant funding for the project.