Draft master plan for woodland nature reserve

Council has endorsed the release of the Draft Indented Head Woodland Nature Reserve Master Plan for public comment.

Located on the western boundary of Indented Head, the 13.6-hectare site is managed by the City and was declared a nature reserve in June 2019.

The retains significant environmental values, including one of the last remaining remnants of endangered Plains Grassy Woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Councillor Jim Mason, of Bellarine Ward, said the Indented Head Community Association, Friends of Indented Head Woodland, the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, and the broader local community had provided input into the draft plan.

Our targeted consultation showed the preservation of the native environment was a major concern, as well as improving access for the public. The creation of walking paths were important, as well as protecting and enhancing the reserve’s ecological and Indigenous cultural values.

Cr Mason said creating opportunities for improved social wellbeing, through connection to nature and open space, was central to the draft master plan.

It is proposed we encourage community activity by installing all-ability walking access, and providing seating and other low-key facilities.

This includes a sheltered sunny picnic area close to the main entrance, an elevated southern boardwalk, nature-based seating, gravel paths and a bird hide for prime wetland viewing.

The draft master plan will be available on the Have Your Say website. https://yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au

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