Generous Contribution Triggers Botanic Park Masterplan

Published on 17 June 2022


The Mansfield Botanic Park will soon have a new masterplan with Council using external funding of $40,000 from the Victorian Government’s Activating Outdoor Program to the development of a new plan.

Council has awarded the contract for the Plan to Michael Smith, whose work includes the Eildon Reserve Precinct Masterplan and the Kinglake Memorial Reserve Masterplan.

The Masterplan will cover 3.882 hectares of land including the existing park and an expanded area of new land donated by John Canavan through his development company. Although new land was required to be set aside as part of the next stage of the Redgum Estate, Mr Caravan is donating additional land beyond the 5% public open space requirement.

Mayor Cr James Tehan said Council was grateful to Mr Canavan for his generosity.

“It’s this type of donation that makes Mansfield a great place to live. Going above and beyond the required contribution, John will leave a legacy for the community of Mansfield for generations to come,” said Cr Tehan.

Council determined the need for a Botanic Park Master Plan when consulting with the community on how to increase outdoor activity for economic and social benefit. Many ideas for the Botanic Park were suggested, highlighting that there is a need for good strategic planning to ensure the space meets the needs of our community now and into the future.

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