Proposed amendment to Blue Gum Reserve Master Plan
In June 2021, Blue Gum Reserve users and wider community were invited to have a say about the proposed amendment to the Blue Gum Reserve Master Plan 2019.
Following community consultation in 2019, Council adopted the Blue Gum Reserve Master Plan.
Since this time, we have:
- progressed planning and obtained funding to complete the Phillip Island Croquet Club Pavilion Redevelopment Project
- Obtained funding to plant a natural vegetation barrier as set out in the Master Plan to increase community usage of the Reserve.
We would now revisted the Master Plan and proposed the inclusion of the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre’s (PICAL) highly valued Community Garden and the historic Coel's Shed.
In 2022, PICAL will relocate to a new site to make way for the construction of a new Phillip Island Community Hospital at their current location 56-58 Church Street, Cowes.
As part of this move, the PICAL Community Garden is proposed to relocate to Blue Gum Reserve behind the existing SES and CFA buildings and be accessed via Settlement Road.
The current Blue Gum Reserve Master Plan, as well as the proposed amendment to the Master Plan can be found below.
The Blue Gum Reserve user groups, surrounding residents and wider community were invited via a media release in local newspapers, flyer delivered to local residents of Blue Gum Reserve and social media posts through Bass Coast Shire Facebook page to provide feedback. The consultation program included:
- Two in person drop in sessions conducted on Wednesday 23 June
- Two online sessions conducted on Thursday 24 June
- A further opportunity to provide feedback via email was opened until Tuesday 29 June
Thirty-six people, including key community groups, attended across the consultation sessions and shared their collective support for the inclusion of PICAL Community Garden at Blue Gum Reserve.
PICAL is an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation providing a wide range of community services and learning opportunities to support the needs of all age groups on Phillip Island and surrounds. The PICAL Community Garden currently supplies fresh produce to the emergency food relief program and pantry and has many opportunities for horticulture training, organic vegetable and fruit growing workshops, local food swaps as well as a diverse range of programs.