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Orbost Forest Park Upgrade
The Forest Park Orbost upgrade will revitalise and modernise Orbost’s premier passive recreation area, visitor rest-stop and gateway to the Rail Trail.
Submissions Open
May 7, 2021
Submissions Close
June 7, 2021
Project Completion
May 7, 2021
Current Status:  
Open

The Forest Park Orbost upgrade will revitalise and modernise Orbost’s premier passive recreation area, visitor rest-stop and gateway to the Rail Trail. This will both grow local tourism by providing a destination for travellers using the Princes Highway; and provide a place for community members of all ages to gather, connect and enjoy the beautiful location and facilities. This will assist the Orbost community to recover from the 'Black Summer' fires that came on the heels of three years of drought and announcements that will see an end to the area’s native timber industry.

The works themselves will include;

  • a new toilet and amenities block,
  • increased parking,
  • an extensive adventure playground,
  • installation of a picnic area,
  • refreshing the interpretation of the gateway to the East Gippsland Rail Trail (trail head),
  • complementing the recently announced proposed $3.4M upgrade of the Snowy River Bridge
  • boosting the ‘cycling economy’ in Orbost.

The project will stimulate the local economy and provide significant community benefits to a town in transition. The project will also assist to enhance the town’s status as an ‘age-friendly town’ and attract retirees and 'tree changers' to reside in Orbost.

$1,300,000 has been granted from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications via the Regional Recovery Partnerships program.

Council will also be contributing $520,000. Bringing the total project budget to $1,820,000.

Council is encouraging feedback via a survey (see below) on the current layout of the proposed plan. Further feedback on the look, feel and functionality of the overall park would be appreciated.

The detail of the playground area is being co-designed with students from Orbost Secondary College. Their brief is to “design, plan and pitch a proposal for the new Forest park playground. Playground should have elements suitable for ages 1-15”. This exciting initiative is being facilitated through the Broadening Horizons Program.

Additional Consultation Opportunities with Council’s Senior Project Development Officer

Where: Council's Business Centre, 1 Ruskin Street, Orbost

Friday 7 May 2021 10 am - 2 pm

Wednesday 12 May 2021 11 am - 1 pm

Wednesday 19 May 2021 10 am - 1 pm

Friday 21 May 2021 10 am - 2 pm

Wednesday 2 June 2021 10 am - 2 pm


For more information and to have your say on the project, visit our YourSay website.

Feedback Form

Feedback may be submitted by completing the form on the link below:

Feedback Form

Feedback may be submitted by completing the form on the link below:

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Need further information?
Contact: 
Tristan Hennessy