Community consultation overwhelmingly favoured creating a multi-purpose venue - co-locating the Neighbourhood House, the Historical Society, the CFA, together with a Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) in the event of bushfire.
In addition, to generate revenue for site operations, a learning and research / interactive visitor facility also located on the site was proposed– the Forrest Gateway to the Otways.
In March/April 2019, a community consultation process is open for comment. The Forrest Gateway Project is inviting community feedback regarding possible uses of the site. The Project is currently exploring funding options and design proposals to establish the feasibility of the preferred services in a purpose-built venue. The Project is also exploring revenue streams for financial viability for long-term maintenance and upkeep of the site, and to take the opportunity presented by the land to increase employment and income options in Forrest & district. Some early ideas for revenue sources include:• Partnerships with existing community service providers, such as DHHS*, CFA*, EMV*, DELWP, Parks Victoria (* see below)• Research and education centre (with a possible focus on climate change adaptation), with grants achieved in partnership with universities, state agencies or other research organisations; as well as hire of the facilities for research and educational purposes• New, state-of-the-art interactive visitor facility to generate tourism
We would greatly appreciate it if you could take 10 minutes or so to give us your responses. The questionnaire must be submitted by 10th April 2019. All responses are anonymous. Names and addresses are not collected.
(DHHS: Department of Health & Human Services / CFA: Country Fire Authority / EMV: Emergency Management Victoria)