Next stage of Romsey Ecotherapy Park underway

Published on 27 October 2020

Detailed design planning for stage 2 of Romsey Ecotherapy Park is underway, with construction scheduled to start next year. 

Stage 2 of the master plan will deliver a sensory therapeutic space and an arts / culture open space for people of all ages and abilities.  

Council is working in partnership with the community group Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. to deliver stage 2 of the park, which will provide a unique experience for both local residents and visitors to enjoy. 

The park is located on the corner of Main and Palmer streets and is being developed in two stages. Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. and Council conducted an extensive community consultation phase to develop a concept for the park in 2017. Stage 1, the Active Nature Space, has been completed and includes landscaped areas, seating, paths, a flying fox and nature-based play elements including a challenging climbing forest (which was funded as a result of community voting through Pick My Project). 

President of Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc., Raelene Mottram, said development of the park was entering an exciting new phase. 

“We are extremely excited to be entering this new phase of the development of the park, creating a place for events as well as a place of wellbeing in what will be a beautiful nature setting. As the shire looks to recover from the pandemic, this new area of park which is ideal for rest and reflection is sure to be a drawcard for visitors and local residents alike.” 

Director Assets and Operations, Shane Walden encouraged people to visit the park and see for themselves what had been achieved so far. 

“This park is a fine example of how Council and the community can work effectively together to realise a long-held vision and deliver a truly unique space for everyone to enjoy.” 

Stage 2 of Romsey Ecotherapy Park is jointly funded by the Victorian Government through Regional Development Victoria ($718,000), Macedon Range Shire Council ($702,000) and the Romsey Lancefield branches of the Bendigo Bank contribution for the sensory therapeutic space ($80,000). 

Visit the project page to find out more and keep updated on the progress of the project