Briars Master Plan

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The Briars Master Plan reflects your vision for this much-loved community space.

The Plan focusses on protecting, enhancing and celebrating the natural, cultural and heritage beauty of the Briars and is an exciting step towards realising the community’s vision for the site.

Download: Briars Master Plan(PDF, 10MB)

One of our main aims during the development of the Plan was to keep what is already loved and bring in some new, carefully considered experiences that allow more people to enjoy the Briars.

We're looking at replanting some of the broad acres with indigenous plants, extending the walking trails and reintroducing animals that once lived here. This will become a perfect place for telling stories from the Traditional Owners.

We're also proposing two children's gardens to connect children to nature through exploration and play. One, the Tichin-Gorourke Children's Garden, will celebrate the site’s original name (Tichin-Gorourke is the Boon Wurrung word for voice of many frogs) and focus on wetlands and frogs.

The restoration of the heritage precinct will bring the Homestead back to life, including the return of the Napoleon collection. The Homestead is one of the oldest European homes on the Peninsula, with the first section built in the 1850's. Visitors will be transported back to when the Balcombe family lived here and discover their link to Napoleon.

Thank you to all those who provided their thoughts during the consultation process.