Have your say on Council’s draft Master Plan for The Briars

Published on 29 March 2019


Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting community feedback on its draft Master Plan for the Briars, demonstrating how Council plans to protect, enhance and celebrate the natural, cultural and heritage beauty of the site over the next 10-15 years.

Last year, Council, community and a range of stakeholders were asked for their ideas and vision for the future of the Briars, which have been crafted into a draft master plan.

Shire Mayor Cr David Gill said The Briars is an important community asset, visited by more than 160,000 people every year.

“We want The Briars to become a part of everyone’s backyard and it’s important we bring the community along on this journey to create a space for everyone to visit, love and return to.

“There is already so much on offer at The Briars and significant opportunity to enhance much-loved experiences to create a truly exceptional community asset”.

Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said “it’s important for us to hear your ideas, no matter how small or how grand, for what you would like the site to become and how you’d like to use it”.

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “we know The Briars holds a special place in many visitors’ hearts, with people often sharing their memories of coming to school camp, feeding the farm animals or taking beautiful walks in the Wildlife Sanctuary”.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “before further detailed work is done, we want to know if this project is one our community supports. So please have your say, whether you love the plan or would like it changed – we want to hear it all”.

The following key guiding principles have shaped initiatives in the plan:

  • Protect, enhance and connect guests to the site’s biodiversity, Aboriginal culture and European heritage
  • Become financially sustainable and provide flow-on economic and social benefits, which will support the community
  • Increase opportunities for active and accessible transport to and around the site
  • Provide an experience that enhances the wellbeing of all who experience it, through connection with green spaces, art, home-grown produce, beautiful low-footprint food and capacity-building programs.


Community consultation is now open and closes 5pm Friday 10 May 2019.

To view the draft Briars Master Plan and provide your thoughts, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay

Forms are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Drop In Sessions:

Saturday 30 March
,10am – 2pm
Red Hill Mechanics Hall

Saturday 6 April, 10am – 2pm
Rye Civic Centre

Saturday 27 April, 10am – 2pm
Bittern Community Hall

Saturday 4 May, 10am – 2pm
Mt Martha House Rm 64

Email: Email your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘Draft Master Plan - Briars’.

Post: Attention: The Briars, Re: Draft Master Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939.

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