Suburban Parks | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (19:57): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio. The Andrews Labor government has announced the creation of new parks in Clyde, Werribee and Deanside, along with the improvement of two parks in Werribee and Melton South. The parks are part of the $154 million suburban parks program. The proposed program aims to provide 6500 hectares of new and upgraded accessible green space for the communities in Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs.

The proposed parks will improve health and wellbeing for people in the western and the south-eastern suburbs. This initiative will connect the community and be a valuable place for socialising, fun and exercise. Moreover, it will lead to the protection of native plants, animals, creeks and the important conservation areas. This initiative will offer a variety of recreational activities such as walking and cycling tracks, tourism and educational opportunities. This will also lead to the creation of new jobs and increased climate change resilience.

The most fascinating part of this initiative is that local people can now have their say on what the parks will look like. The community can come forward and share their ideas and feedback from 14 May to 27 June 2021. These ideas will help set priorities and plans for the upcoming developments. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how this initiative is being promoted to the residents of the Western Metropolitan Region.