Tick for northern ‘gem’

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Gerald Lynch

A future plan for a “gem“ of Melbourne’s north, the Marram Baba Merri Creek Regional Parklands, has been endorsed by Hume council.

The council endorsed the future plan for the parklands which is set to be fully achieved by 2050.

The parklands stretch throughout Hume and Whittlesea, and have a total area of 2778 hectares.

The plan includes improved access to and within the parklands to access points, trails, and waterway crossings.

It will ensure protection and management of the parklands well into the future, and try to improve on a number of themes, including culture and identity, climate resilience, and experience.

Councillor Jodi Jackson heavily endorsed the plan, after spending seven years working within the area.

“The plan sets out the visions and directions for what will become one of greater Melbourne’s largest parklands,” she said.

“I am so thrilled that this parkland is finally going ahead, it is truly a beautiful space and we are so lucky to have it right on our backdoor.

“It’s the culmination of decades of advocacy by Merri Creek management and the surrounding councils.

“It provides beautiful natural space for hundreds of thousands of people right across the northern parts of Melbourne to enjoy on a regular basis.”

Cr Jackson called it the “gem of our city” and cannot wait for the community to enjoy it in full force.

Councillor Karen Sherry said it was one of the most important plans surrounding natural resources that Hume council has worked on since she joined in 2016.

“These parklands will link existing reserves and private land, and be a corridor of connectivity for people, flora, and fauna,” she said.

“Passing this report supports us to seek further funding… for bridges, pathways, cycling tracks and vegetation works.”

The plan also contains a long-term commitment to return land to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC).

A launch event with ministers and local representatives is scheduled for November 30.