Join the new Footscray Park Advisory Committee

Footscray Park is the premier park in the City of Maribyrnong, home to some of the main festivals and events, and a primary open space destination for community recreation and enjoyment.

The 2011 Master Plan, produced following a review of the previous document, prepared in 1998, provided the impetus for the implementation of a wide range of actions focused on improving the access, use, and amenity of the parkland.

One of those actions was to reconstruct and reinstate the Western Lawn to improve Council the condition of this much-loved open space for community use now, and into the future. This work, which began in December last year is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Heritage approval has been received for safety improvements to the ornamental heritage ponds, and investigations are underway to identify a new location for the Playspace, which has been closed since it was inundated by floodwaters during the October 2022 flood and will not reopen.

Recognising community interest in Footscray Park, Council is re-establishing a Footscray Park Advisory Group, to support a review of the Master Plan and provide advice and guidance around future planning and decision-making.

The Advisory Committee will include a range of stakeholder groups, agencies, and community members to ensure the views and aspirations of all users are considered. The term of engagement will be to December 2025.

To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to sit on the Committee, please complete the EOI form by midnight Sunday 23 June 2024.

The Advisory Committee will be guided by a Terms of Reference which is summarised below and available to view in full in the Document Library.

Please email any questions to:

  • Objectives

    • support a review of the 2011 Footscray Park Master Plan
    • provide advice to Council on both current and potential future community and stakeholder use of the parklands, taking into account:
      • population projections
      • other strategic Council plans
      • historical protections
      • community safety
      • climate change.
  • Roles and Responsibilities

    • To provide insight and advice on parkland usage
    • To represent the views of your respective organisation/group and seek their formal feedback
    • To not improperly seek to confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person.
    • To act respectfully at all times and respect the opinions of other Committee members.
    • Commit to regular attendance and participation at meetings.
  • Membership

    The Advisory Committee will be made up of 20 members:

    • five community representatives
    • 13 stakeholder representatives
    • one Councillor
    • one representative from an Aboriginal or First Nations organisation.

    Membership is until December 2025.

    It is anticipated meetings will be held bi-monthly, be of two hours duration, and may be held in-person or online.

    You can find out more information in the Terms of Reference in the Document Library.