With your input, the Mansfield Station Precinct Activation Project will develop a master plan and vision for a vibrant hub at the entry to Mansfield providing new opportunities for our community and visitors to the High Country.
The Mansfield Station Precinct is a lineal precinct that includes the old station building – occupied by the Mansfield Historical Society, platform and goods shed as well as the head of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre and Mullum Wetlands.
Bounded by Maroondah Highway to the south, Yencken's Hardware to the east, Withers Lane to the west, the Mansfield Station Precinct site is on Crown Land with Mansfield Shire Council as the Committee of Management.
The old railway precinct site, that once served a bustling timber and agricultural town, ceased operation in 1978 when the Tallarook Line was closed and is now a destination and an opportunity for an already thriving tourism market in Mansfield.
Since the closure of the Railway, the site has become a key community asset and home to many successful initiatives. A timeline of key activities on the site is available here.
Council has been approached in regards to a number of the existing and additional different community interests at the site as well as some from local businesses. The Vision and Masterplan is a vital component of the Precinct’s strategic direction and ongoing success. The Masterplan will give Council a clear, consistent direction in managing this significant area, including the existing assets and any new assets, and how the site is used by the community.
If appropriately developed the precinct would appeal to the high number of visitors to the region and importantly provide new opportunities for our engaged local community to interact with unique and exciting spaces in their town.
The Mansfield Station Precinct Activation Project will establish a vision and provide a masterplan with artist impressions for potential new and existing uses to bring the vision for the site to life.
The project consists of 3 complementary stages
We had a fantastic response to the initial phase of community engagement and estimate that over 400 people provided feedback via meetings with stakeholder groups, businesses and individuals, community drop in sessions, a stall at the November Bush Market, a survey and written responses.
Coinciding with the community engagement a detailed analysis was undertaken on the economics, traffic, related statutory and strategic frameworks and the site and context. These analyses surfaced several synergies between the requirements and expectations of the community members who engaged in the process.
The outcomes of the community engagement and various analyses are presented in a Background Report and informed the development of a Vision Statement for the Precinct. The Background Report and Vision Statement were endorsed by Councillors at the November 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting (Link to November 2018 Ordinary Council Minutes). The Background Report can also be downloaded from the links section of this page.
The findings of the background report and community engagement were used to develop the concept masterplan for the precinct. The concept masterplan was then reviewed by the Project Steering Committee and key stakeholders including groups, businesses and individuals prior to being presented to the December 2018 Ordinary Council meeting.
Council moved at the December 2018 Ordinary Council meeting to release the Concept Masterplan for public exhibition and comment from 2 January – 15 February 2019. (Link to December 2018 Ordinary Council Minutes and Concept Master Plan documentation). The Concept Masterplan for community comment can also be downloaded from the links section of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Throughout Stage 1 and 2 engagement there were a number of Frequently Asked Questions. A response to these questions has been provided below
The opportunity to participate in the above engagement activities was promoted via editorials in the local paper, advertising in the local paper in both Council's Mansfield Matters and the public notice section, Council's website, social media, letters sent to stakeholders identified in the stakeholder engagement plan, Council's business and community groups database, Mt Buller’s stakeholder database, Council's ratepayer database, the school newsletters and flyers at key locations including, Council's reception, the Visitor Information Centre, the Mansfield Library, the Mansfield Historical Society and a number of local cafes and service stations
The concept masterplan was on public exhibition from 2 January – 15 February 2019.
Alternatively, you can view a hardcopy at the Mansfield Shire Council offices, the Mansfield Library or the Mansfield Visitor Information Centre.
Public submissions have now closed and will be presented to Council at the March Ordinary Council meeting on 19 March, 2019.
Council will consider the public comments on the Concept Masterplan prior to finalising and adopting the Concept Masterplan and the project moving into the third stage in which a final detailed Masterplan (with illustrations) and Implementation Plan will be developed and adopted by Council.
August 2018: Consultant engaged
August 2018: Steering Committee established
September 2018: Community Engagement Plan developed
September – November 2018: Background document review, site and context analysis, strategic context review, existing land use assessment, headline drivers and market assessment, preferred land use mix assessment
October 2018: Community engagement
November 2018: Background report and vision statement adopted by Council
December 2018: Concept masterplan
December 2018 – February 2019 Concept masterplan on public exhibition
March 2019: Concept masterplan adopted by Council
May 2019: Final Detailed Masterplan (with illustrations) and Implementation Plan adopted by Council
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