Community consultation

Gathering insights

We wanted to hear what you had to say when it came to developing the Domain Parklands Master Plan.

Three phases of community consultation took place from 2015 to 2018.

Community consultation phases and reports

Phase 1 of community engagement was held from 27 September to 30 November 2015.

The engagement commenced with two Melbourne Conversations, one focusing on aspects of the history of the Domain and the second looking to the future.

The engagement encouraged people to respond to a survey or locate suggestions on an interactive map. A number of ‘Park Planners in the Park’ sessions were held, written submissions were invited and information was displayed at CoM libraries. More specific engagement with children was possible through the Junior Ranger program over a week in September.

The focus of the engagement was to gather information about what people value about the Domain Parklands. One of the ways this was explored was by inviting people to share their memories.

Read the Phase 1 Community Engagement Report.

The second phase of engagement was held from 4 July to 14 August 2016.

A discussion paper was prepared to provide background information for a number of questions. The engagement encouraged people to read the discussion paper and respond online. Two walks in the park were held, while two community workshops were scheduled but cancelled due to low numbers.

The focus of the engagement was to examine a number of issues and opportunities in more detail. The discussion paper explored issues and opportunities that had emerged during research and initial consultation. It enabled people to consider a range of information when responding.

The discussion paper was divided into the following six themes for consideration:

  • making one park of many
  • landscape character
  • environmental sustainability
  • activities and access
  • vehicles in the park
  • cultural and historical significance.

  • Read the Phase 2 Community Engagement Report.

    The third phase of community engagement sought feedback on the draft Domain Parklands Master Plan and was held from 24 August to 28 October 2018.

    The draft Master Plan has five themes. Respondents were encouraged to provide feedback through these themes, in addition to any general comments.

    1. Nurture a diverse landscape and parkland ecology
    2. Acknowledge history and cultural heritage
    3. Support exceptional visitor experience
    4. Improve people movement and access
    5. Management and partnerships to build resilience

    Read the Phase 3 Community Engagement Report.


    The Draft Master Plan

    The draft Master Plan was developed following the first two phases of community engagement and consultation with all land managers and stakeholders.

    It highlights five key values to guide the future management of the Domain Parklands over the next 20 years.

    The values include:

    • A healthy and resilient parkland
    • A parkland of history and cultural heritage
    • A parkland for people
    • A parkland that connects
    • A parkland of partnerships

    Fundamental to all the values is the principle that there be no net loss of parkland, and that future change should bring positive benefits to the Domain Parklands. These values will form the basis for decision-making over the life of the 20-year Master Plan.

    Proposals in the draft Master Plan are described under five themes, each with a number of action areas:

    • Nurture a diverse landscape and parkland ecology
    • Acknowledge history and cultural heritage
    • Support exceptional visitor experience
    • Improve pedestrian movement and access
    • Management and partnerships to build resilience

    It explains how we will help manage the parklands in times of change by building resilience.

    We recognise that with population growth and climate change, we need to adapt to change, but we also need to retain the qualities of places that are loved.

    Key themes

    Themes of draft Domain Parklands Master Plan

    Proposals in the draft master plan are described within five themes

    Proposed precinct upgrades

    The Domain Parklands is separated into five precincts.

    Read about the key actions the draft master plan proposed for each area.


    Draft Domain Parklands Master Plan

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