January 22, 2017

This week, Forrest residents have the opportunity to suggest future uses for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) facilities at Forrest.

The open house sessions across 27 – 28 January come as the DELWP workforce at Forrest prepares to move into new facilities at Barwon Downs. The building and relocation program is a $6.9 million project that will improve office and depot functionality by consolidating the three smaller sites in Forrest where offices, parking and storage are currently spread.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Andrew Morrow said: “DELWP’s move from Forrest will create potential opportunities for the local sites to be used for other community purposes.”

“The three parcels of public land, which are situated along the main street of Forrest, comprise of the main office, a 35-space car park and a large storage area.”

“The open house events are the first step in an extensive engagement process, designed to gather and explore as many ideas as possible for the work centre sites.”

“We want to hear from locals about how these sites could be used to support the community. Residents can also give feedback on suggestions from others.”

“Staff will be on hand at the open house to help residents expand on their ideas. They will also be able to give advice on what residents may need to do to develop their ideas for future consideration.”

“Following the open house, DELWP will be consulting the community further through events such as workshops.”

The open house sessions will take place at the Forrest Public Hall and residents are invited to drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm on both days.

Residents will have the opportunity to register their interest in participating in future workshops. A ‘Kids’ Corner’ will be set up to entertain children, and tea and coffee will be available.

There will also be the opportunity to tour DELWP’s main work centre site between 11am and 1pm during each open house session. This initiative is supported by the Colac Otway Shire, CFA Community Safety and Regional Development Victoria, along with many Forrest community groups.