Osborne House to be a key destination

Friday, 12 April 2019

A draft concept plan aims to transform Osborne Park into a key destination in Greater Geelong, with many uses and attractions.

Under the proposed vision, the historic precinct would be a gateway to Geelong where heritage, culture, innovation, commerce and recreation are celebrated.

A draft concept plan, which has been released for public input, considers a range of potential activities and facilities for the site in North Geelong.

These include shared bookable community spaces and commercially-focused uses such as a cafe, restaurant, conference/event/function space, gallery, museum, tourism-focused retail or boutique accommodation.

The plan also focuses on creating well-connected green spaces within and around the precinct, including to and along the Corio Bay foreshore.

Strategies to deliver the associated visual, recreation and ecological benefits include:

  • creating a parallel pedestrian shared path along the foreshore which connects to the existing St Helens Park trail, St Helens boat ramp, Swinburne Street and Mackey Street
  • creating a new network of pedestrian linkages between Osborne Park and the foreshore and
  • removing the existing car parking at the entrance to the Osborne House complex and returning the area to landscaped heritage gardens.

Following the removal of the existing parking spaces, motorists would be directed to a new centralised car park to the north of Osborne Park.

The draft concept plan was developed from information and input provided by the community and interested parties.

The City is seeking feedback from the community on how this plan aligns with their vision for the precinct.

All responses would be considered ahead of the Osborne Park Master Plan, which is due to be presented to Council at a meeting in late June.

To view the draft concept plan and to provide your input, visit the Osborne Park Preinct Draft Concept Plan page.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

The Osborne Park Precinct is of regional significance to Geelong and we are keen to see it opened to the community with a range of improvements and attractions.

The precinct has contributed so much to Geelong over the past 160 years, and we want to ensure it again becomes a key area of activity in the city.

We’re looking for feedback to ensure we deliver the right mix of community, recreational and commercial access to this significant site.

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