We are developing a Future Directions Plan for Koolunga Native Reserve. This plan will be developed using the information provided in 3 key documents:
- Koolunga Native Reserve Values Plan (finalised)
- Koolunga Native Reserve and Vaughan Reserve Bushland Management Plan (currently being updated)
- Stormwater Quality Study (in development)
The Values Plan has now been completed following your input in 2022. This plan provides an outline of what the community values about Koolunga Native Reserve. The feedback received included the following main focus themes of:
- retain bushland and open space areas
- improve the water quality within the reserve.
We have commenced work on a site specific ‘Stormwater Quality Study’ that will consider opportunities to improve water quality within the reserve that minimizes the impact on open space and bushland.
Once the Stormwater Quality Study has been undertaken and the Bushland Management Plan updated, we will draft the Future Directions Plan, aiming for consultation on the draft in April 2023.
The Bushland Management Plan and Stormwater Quality Study will also be shared with the community at this time.
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Timeline item 1 - complete
March/April 2021 - Community engagement on wetland design
Timeline item 2 - complete
April/May 2021 - Collation of community feedback
Timeline item 3 - complete
October/November 2021 - Focus group sessions
Timeline item 4 - complete
January 2021 - Community engagement on focus group outcomes
Timeline item 5 - complete
April 2022 - Values Report released
Timeline item 6 - complete
May 2022 - Site walk and virtual tours
Timeline item 7 - complete
January 2022 - Koolunga Native Reserve Values Plan finalised
Timeline item 8 - incomplete
February 2023 - Commence work on the Future Directions Plan
Timeline item 9 - incomplete
April 2023 - Community consultation on the draft Future Directions Plan
- Koolunga Native Reserve Bushland Management Plan
- Stormwater Quality Study for Koolunga Native Bushland Reserve.
Timeline item 10 - incomplete
June 2023 - Future Directions Plan for Koolunga Native Reserve considered by Council
Frequently Asked Questions
This Reserve is identified as a site of State significance in terms of its biological values due to the presence of many rare or threatened indigenous plant species. Therefore, it is vital to ensure we have plans in place to protect and preserve the flora and fauna both within the Reserve and downstream.
There are significant concerns about erosion created by stormwater events and the level of pollution in the creek. We need to create an environmentally friendly stormwater treatment solution to filter stormwater runoff from surrounding urban areas before it enters Blind Creek waterway.
In early 2021, we proposed a new wetland at Koolunga Native Reserve to address this issue.
Due to Koolunga Reserve’s large proportion of vegetation, the recommended location for the proposed wetland was in the largest area of open lawn. The response from the community was mixed, with some stakeholders supporting the proposal and a strong negative reaction from those that use the space for passive recreation.Following extensive feedback on the wetlands and alternate suggestions, we have broadened the project scope with Future Directions Plan that takes into consideration the whole Reserve including open space values and connectivity. As part of this we have also commenced work on a site specific ‘Stormwater Quality Study’ that will consider opportunities to improve water quality within the reserve that minimizes the impact on open space and bushland.
Council has carried out an extensive program of engagements over the last year, with approximately 133 residents providing input into the Values Plan. An outline of the consultation and a summary of findings is included in the Koolunga Native Reserve engagement summary and values plan available on this Have Your Say page.
Changes have been made to the Values Plan as the project has progressed. This has included ensuing the document is up to date with what we heard in different stages of consultation, changes in timelines and making the document more accessible and consistent.The Koolunga Native Reserve engagement summary and values plan is available on this Have Your Say page and is now finalised.
Early in the process, we heard from the community that Koolunga Reserve is very important to you for a number of reasons. We wanted to put additional time in to ensure we were able to capture your feedback into the Values Plan and broaden the project to look at the future of the entire Reserve.
Importantly your feedback highlighted the need to preserve the many features of the open space that are highly valued by the community and to protect and enhance the natural elements, including the quality of the water and condition of the creek.
We have been updating our Bushland Management Plan which outlines our future flora and fauna management issues and actions at Koolunga.
We have commenced work on a site specific ‘Stormwater Quality Study’ that will consider options at the site that can improve the quality of the stormwater flowing into the Reserve that minimizes the impact on open space and bushland that are valued by the community.
The Future Directions Plan will then be developed using the information provided in the 3 key documents:
- Koolunga Native Reserve Values Plan, incorporating community feedback
- Koolunga Native Reserve and Vaughan Reserve Bushland Management Plan
- Koolunga Native Reserve Stormwater Quality Study
We understand there is frustration that we have not met our initial timelines, our priority is to deliver a thorough and transparent process that provides the best outcomes for Koolunga Native Reserve and our community.
Following extensive feedback on the wetlands and alternate suggestions, we are exploring the options at the site that can improve the quality of the stormwater flowing into the Reserve but minimizes the impact on open space and bushland.These options will be identified in the Stormwater Quality Study, which will then form part of the Future Directions Plan.
Council undertook investigations in 2018 which formed the basis of the original proposal of a wetland in the open space area at Koolunga Native Reserve.
Following extensive feedback and alternate suggestions, we need to take another look at the options we have at the site that can improve the quality of the stormwater flowing into the Reserve and that incorporates the feedback received from the community.
We have commenced work on the site specific ‘Stormwater Quality Study’ that will consider opportunities to improve water quality within the reserve that minimizes the impact on open space and bushland.
In the early stages of the project, it was identified that more in depth conversations with stakeholders would assist in shaping and developing the Future Directions Plan.
Following the initial 2021 community engagement and the strong community interest in the project, Council wrote to approximately 1,300 households to invite residents to join the ‘Koolunga Project Focus Group’. We received a significant amount of interest with 43 residents keen to join the group, 31 of which were able to attend the sessions to help inform the Values Plan.
We acknowledge that referring to this group as both the ‘focus group’ and ‘Steering Group’ has created confusion. In the final version of the Values Plan, the group is referred to as the Steering Group.
We will be reconnecting with participants involved in the Values Plan engagement for consultation on the Draft Future Directions Plan in April 2023. Previous participants will be contacted directly.
Community engagement on the draft Future Direction Plan will begin in April and run for 4 weeks. The ways you can become involved will be communicated via:
- Letters and emails to all participants of previous community engagement
- Letters to residents in direct vicinity of Koolunga Native Reserve
- Councils Have Your Say Page
- On-site signage
Community engagement activities will consider feedback on previous consultations, the interests of diverse stakeholders and reflect the content of the Draft Future Directions Plan.
A summary of the engagement plan for this stage will be made available when the engagement opens.
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