Making most of Merri River

Council is calling for community views on a section of the Merri River and its surrounding parks and reserves.

The precinct includes all public land and parklands adjoining the south side of the Merri River between Wollaston Road and Manuka Drive.

The work is related to the long-term community plan, Warrnambool 2040, and Warrnambool City Council’s sustainability plan, Green Warrnambool.

Both plans identify a goal for the Merri River corridor to become a “connected series of parklands that support active transport, nature-based recreation and wildlife movement” by 2040.

The precinct to the south of the Merri River also has an underdeveloped connection between future trails north of the Merri and the current Russell’s Creek Walking Trail.

“The Merri River offers enormous potential as a major open space corridor for Warrnambool,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“It’s a much-loved river but in some ways the river and the parks beside it are a hidden gem.

“Council wants to know what you think of the possibilities around the South of the Merri River precinct and how we could make the precinct into a series of parklands that all people can access and enjoy.

“The feedback from the community will inform a South of Merri Open Space Precinct Plan.

“The plan will set the direction for how this strategically important open space corridor should develop in the future.”

To have your say on the South of the Merri River precinct and its parks and reserves go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au

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