Council releases Draft Colac Memorial Square Masterplan

Published on 25 May 2017

Emmy and Izzy, Memorial Square Colac

A new masterplan for Colac’s Memorial Square includes a proposal to increase the size of the current playspace and establish well-positioned curved bench seating and planting to create physical barriers to enhance safety.

Colac Otway Shire Council has encouraged the community to view the Memorial Square Master Plan and offer commentary and feedback on this significant public space.

Other features of the master plan include new and upgraded seating, shelters and barbecues, a focus on the maintenance of the elm trees within the square, upgrades to lighting and a new irrigation system.

Mayor Cr Chris Potter said Councillors were keen to hear the community’s views about the draft plan so that appropriate decisions could be made about the future of this much-used public space in Colac’s CBD.

“Memorial Square is one of our shire’s most important open spaces, and it is continually in use by locals and visitors to the town. This master plan will provide a vision to guide development and improvements over the next 10 years to meet the needs of all users into the future,” Cr Potter said.

Cr Potter thanked people who had contributed to the draft plan’s development, which included participation from many key user groups, the general community and business operators fronting the square.

“When we were drafting the master plan, locals indicated that there is strong support for maintaining Memorial Square predominantly in its current form, ensuring the war memorial continues to be the main focus for the square.

“Proposed key improvements outlined in the plan take in to account the feedback we received from the community, most notably including restoration of the Colac War Memorial.”

Cr Potter said that a plan to increase the size of the play area would provide a greater range of play experiences to children.

“Anyone who visits the park knows how popular this playground is with the little ones and it has been suggested that a well-positioned physical barrier in the form of a long curved bench for seating could improve safety. I think it would give parents and carers a greater sense of security,” Cr Potter said.

The period of public exhibition will run from Monday 5 June to Monday 17 July.
The draft plan will be available to view at www.colacotway.vic.gov.au, or can be viewed in hard copy at Council’s customer service centres and public libraries in Colac and Apollo Bay.