“The Canadian Forest should become Ballarat’s regional multi-use Forest Parklands” Discuss
Update for the Friends of the Canadian Corridor (FoCC) February 2014
“The Canadian Forest should become Ballarat’s regional multi-use Forest Parklands”
The forum is planned to be held 7pm to 9pm on Thursday March 13th 2014 at the Earth Ed Centre, Olympic Avenue, Mount Clear (go past Mount Clear College on Olympic Avenue – it’s to the right). Please put this date on your calendar now. We would love to see as many people as possible attending – to learn about the latest developments in the Forest, and to lend your support to the request for the Forest to be made a multi-use Forest Parklands.
The Forum will include presentations by:
Sophie Bickford: Convenor Central Victorian Alliance: “The Canadian Forest: Key stone in the Great Eastern Wildlife Corridor”:
Sophie will talk about the corridor – which runs from the Grampians to Cairns – and outline where the Canadian Forest sits in its ecological context.
Linda Zibell: Co Convenor Friends of the Canadian Corridor: “The social and environmental case for a multi-use Forest Park”.
Linda will describe the current situation and explore broader advantages and future benefits of a multi-use park.
The Eureka Orienteers and the Ballarat and Sebastopol Cycling Club: “The recreational and economic case for a multi-use Forest Park”.
Current orienteering and cycling use of the forest and other recreational and economic opportunities that could occur as a result of an enhanced multi -use forest park
At the conclusion of the forum, those in attendance may determine to
- Make a request to the Victorian Government to undertake a Victorian Environmental Assessment Council assessment on the Canadian Forest. The last report was undertaken in 1983 – this was when the existing forest reserve and consequent plantation use was recommended. Now that the plantation areas have returned to Crown land status there is a solid case for a new review to be undertaken.
- Make a request to the Victorian Government to consider conserving the existing Canadian Forest as a regional multi-use forest reserve. In the event of the ex plantation land being identified by VEAC as forest reserve (its original classification) then that land could then be added to the multi-use Forest Park. The existing Canadian Forest is in good condition and could be declared a park quite easily. A management plan including park amenities would need to be implemented.
FoCC Recent meetings and developments
There have been productive meetings with the City of Ballarat regarding the city’s forthcoming strategic plan for the east side of Ballarat to put forward the significance of the Canadian Corridor. The general approach of the city is not to allow development on the eastern side of the city on non-residentially zoned land. This bodes well for the forest.
Productive conversations about the forest have also occurred during meetings with local MPs. We have utilised the opportunity to inform local politicians about the high level of community interest and use of the forest.
The Leigh Catchment Group and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority held a planning meeting last Thursday 6 Feb. The Canadian Forest, in particular the ex-plantation areas, is a “topic of interest” for the Leigh Catchment Group in their future plans.
Letters of Support for the Forest Park from organisation that have an interest in the forest have been coming in. A big thank you to:
a. Ballarat Field Naturalists.
b. Ballarat/Sebastopol Mountain Bikers
c. Ballarat and District Outdoor Club
d. Ballarat Bicycle User Group
e. BirdLife Ballarat
f. Eureka Orienteering Club
g. Friends of Sparrow Ground
h. The Leigh Catchment Landcare Group
i. U3A walking group
j. UB School of Outdoor Sciences – Outdoor Education courses.
k. Buninyong and District Community Association
We know many more organisations are preparing letters of support.
Any organisation that wishes to hold a display at the Forum is welcome. Please contact Bob Hartman at the Earth Ed Centre for further details.
With Regards from FoCC co-convenors,
Jeff Rootes, Bob Hartmann, Linda Zibell
If you have any queries regarding this email and its information please contact Jeff Rootes on behalf of the FoCC firstname.lastname@example.org