Briars Master Plan
I’m delighted to be presenting this Briars Master Plan, which reflects your vision for our 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 placed a draft Plan on public exhibition in May last year and received a big response. Much of the feedback from the community was very positive and built excitement for the project.
The proposal to extend the Sanctuary was certainly popular. 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.
I would like to thank all those who provided their thoughts during the consultation process. These conversations will continue throughout the next stages of the process, as we continue to work together to ensure that the Briars is a place of retreat and rejuvenation that lifts the spirits and delights the hearts of our community for many generations to come!
Cr Sam Hearn
Mornington Peninsula Shire