In March 2020 Brimbank Council adopted a Master Plan to open Sydenham Park for public use.

A key component of the Sydenham Park Master Plan March 2020 was the design of cycling and walking trails to give the public access to the reserve for recreational use. A Shared Use Path is currently proposed to be constructed in 2022.

We would like to hear your thoughts on a draft addendum to this Master Plan which further considers

  • the natural environment
  • recreational spaces, and
  • community facilities proposed within the conservation reserve.

The draft addendum to the Master Plan continues to support Sydenham Park becoming a Brimbank destination for walking, cycling and picnicking. The draft Master Plan addendum offers an enhanced focus on the remediation of the existing Robertson’s Homestead, the preservation of Wurundjeri cultural heritage and management of the landscape to ensure the continuity of care that improves biodiversity.

The whole area has significant connection to the Wurundjeri people’s culture, stories and lifestyles. Brimbank Council has engaged the Wurundjeri in the development of this Master Plan addendum to open the park in a way that minimises harm to cultural heritage and to the biodiversity of Sydenham Park.

Sydenham Park is a 231 hectare parkland reserve in Keilor North with inherent environmental and geological values.

The reserve is currently closed to the general public but is a site of exceptional natural beauty. A distinct topography, dividing escarpment, river valleys and vistas across the Maribyrnong Valley, grasslands, fauna and flora populations provide an extraordinary backdrop and great potential for public recreation.

The main experiences of Sydenham Park will be landscape based nature tourism with walking, cycling and picnicking offered along scenic trail routes.

Self-guided tours with interpretive signage displaying the parks cultural heritage, flora and fauna and Robinson’s Homestead history will be available along a proposed shared use path.

The Maribyrnong River and Jacksons Creek are significant landscape features within the conservation reserve while the ridgeline of the escarpment will provide panoramic views across to the Organ Pipes National Park and surrounding landscape. These views will be enjoyed from proposed lookout points along the shared use path.

Preliminary works are proposed to provide visitor amenity including; the installation of recreational walking trails, seating, picnic tables, nature play area, drinking fountain, park fencing, lookout structures and information and wayfinding signage.