Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan

Mountain biking on Stromlo Forest

Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class multi-use community recreational sporting facility which has grown to be one of Canberra’s premier adventure sporting destinations since it opened in 2007. Owned and managed by the ACT Government, the park is located in Canberra’s south, and covers an area of approximately 1200 hectares.

Stromlo Forest Park is experiencing an average 15% annual growth in visitor numbers and with the neighbouring Molonglo district also rapidly developing, the usage of Stromlo Forest Park is set to increase into the future, putting pressure on the existing infrastructure.

Our vision for Stromlo Forest Park is that it will grow over time into an even more popular sporting destination, and a major community asset. The updated master plan provides a strategy for the evolution of the Park, and we are seeking community feedback to ensure our vision aligns with the community’s expectations for a vibrant and unique sport and recreation precinct. The master plan will continue to guide budget decisions in years to come.

The first stage of community engagement was undertaken in 2009, where we asked for community feedback on the original draft master plan which was publicly released in 2010. Since that time the master plan has been updated to reflect increased development in the residential suburbs adjacent to the Park, and to adapt to evolving recreational trends. Only minor changes have been made to the 2010 draft master plan, resulting in the 2015 master plan update, which we are now seeking comment on.

The ACT Government is also keen to explore private investment opportunities to further enhance the facilities at the Park.

Key elements of the updated master plan include new playing fields, an enclosed oval with an arena for athletes and spectators, tourist accommodation and a pool. Other features of the updated master plan include equestrian trails and a road cycling circuit.

Pool Facility

The updated master plan includes a pool facility for the Molonglo Valley, Weston Creek and the broader Canberra community.

New playing fields and an enclosed oval

Located in the south-east corner of the park, the district playing fields will service the rapidly growing community that lives around and close to Stromlo Forest Park. The fields will host a range of sporting competitions and events each year and will provide a suitable space for the community to participate in a range of informal sport and recreation activities.

Stromlo Enclosed Oval will host high level sporting competitions, and will be a community facility capable of hosting major sporting events. The district playing fields and enclosed oval will also be used to develop local talent.

Tourist accommodation

Tourist accommodation at Stromlo Forest Park will provide visitors to the park, including students and travelling sporting teams and athletes, with a place to stay. As the Park expands it is necessary to ensure there are accommodation options on site for interstate visitors, as there is currently a need for student and tourist accommodation in Canberra. While the facility will house school groups during school terms, there is also high demand for weekend and holiday cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for the recreation and event market associated with Stromlo Forest Park, as well as from general visitors to the ACT and the region. The accommodation will be rated 3.5 stars.

The master plan map details existing infrastructure at the Park, proposed developments to be delivered subject to Budget funding, and opportunities for future development.

The updated Stromlo Forest Park master plan aims to:

  • improve the Park in to an even more successful and popular community asset that will meet the needs of the community as our city continues to expand;
  • demonstrate best practice urban planning and development achieved through sustainability and wellbeing initiatives;
  • provide opportunities for private sector businesses and organisations to invest in the Park by expanding the park’s capacity for commercial viability and hospitality activities; and
  • build on the uniqueness of the site by delivering a diverse sporting precinct that significantly expands the range of sporting, community and tourist opportunities in Canberra.

What’s happening now?

The Stromlo Forest Park master plan community consultation has now concluded.

The updated Stromlo Forest Park master plan will continue to guide budget decisions in years to come.

Mountain biking on Stromlo Forest

Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class multi-use community recreational sporting facility which has grown to be one of Canberra’s premier adventure sporting destinations since it opened in 2007. Owned and managed by the ACT Government, the park is located in Canberra’s south, and covers an area of approximately 1200 hectares.

Stromlo Forest Park is experiencing an average 15% annual growth in visitor numbers and with the neighbouring Molonglo district also rapidly developing, the usage of Stromlo Forest Park is set to increase into the future, putting pressure on the existing infrastructure.

Our vision for Stromlo Forest Park is that it will grow over time into an even more popular sporting destination, and a major community asset. The updated master plan provides a strategy for the evolution of the Park, and we are seeking community feedback to ensure our vision aligns with the community’s expectations for a vibrant and unique sport and recreation precinct. The master plan will continue to guide budget decisions in years to come.

The first stage of community engagement was undertaken in 2009, where we asked for community feedback on the original draft master plan which was publicly released in 2010. Since that time the master plan has been updated to reflect increased development in the residential suburbs adjacent to the Park, and to adapt to evolving recreational trends. Only minor changes have been made to the 2010 draft master plan, resulting in the 2015 master plan update, which we are now seeking comment on.

The ACT Government is also keen to explore private investment opportunities to further enhance the facilities at the Park.

Key elements of the updated master plan include new playing fields, an enclosed oval with an arena for athletes and spectators, tourist accommodation and a pool. Other features of the updated master plan include equestrian trails and a road cycling circuit.

Pool Facility

The updated master plan includes a pool facility for the Molonglo Valley, Weston Creek and the broader Canberra community.

New playing fields and an enclosed oval

Located in the south-east corner of the park, the district playing fields will service the rapidly growing community that lives around and close to Stromlo Forest Park. The fields will host a range of sporting competitions and events each year and will provide a suitable space for the community to participate in a range of informal sport and recreation activities.

Stromlo Enclosed Oval will host high level sporting competitions, and will be a community facility capable of hosting major sporting events. The district playing fields and enclosed oval will also be used to develop local talent.

Tourist accommodation

Tourist accommodation at Stromlo Forest Park will provide visitors to the park, including students and travelling sporting teams and athletes, with a place to stay. As the Park expands it is necessary to ensure there are accommodation options on site for interstate visitors, as there is currently a need for student and tourist accommodation in Canberra. While the facility will house school groups during school terms, there is also high demand for weekend and holiday cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for the recreation and event market associated with Stromlo Forest Park, as well as from general visitors to the ACT and the region. The accommodation will be rated 3.5 stars.

The master plan map details existing infrastructure at the Park, proposed developments to be delivered subject to Budget funding, and opportunities for future development.

The updated Stromlo Forest Park master plan aims to:

  • improve the Park in to an even more successful and popular community asset that will meet the needs of the community as our city continues to expand;
  • demonstrate best practice urban planning and development achieved through sustainability and wellbeing initiatives;
  • provide opportunities for private sector businesses and organisations to invest in the Park by expanding the park’s capacity for commercial viability and hospitality activities; and
  • build on the uniqueness of the site by delivering a diverse sporting precinct that significantly expands the range of sporting, community and tourist opportunities in Canberra.

What’s happening now?

The Stromlo Forest Park master plan community consultation has now concluded.

The updated Stromlo Forest Park master plan will continue to guide budget decisions in years to come.

Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan survey

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    Stromlo Forest Park master plan survey

    All information obtained from the Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan survey will be used solely to inform the master plan process.   

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    The policy is written in simple language. The specific legal obligations of the EPD when collecting, holding, using and disclosing personal information and individual’s rights in relation to their personal information are outlined in the Information Privacy Act 2014 and in particular in the Territory Privacy Principles found in that Act.

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    All information obtained from the Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan survey will be used solely to inform the master plan process.   

    The information privacy policy and annex sets out how the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) manages personal information when performing its functions and duties.

    The policy is written in simple language. The specific legal obligations of the EPD when collecting, holding, using and disclosing personal information and individual’s rights in relation to their personal information are outlined in the Information Privacy Act 2014 and in particular in the Territory Privacy Principles found in that Act.

    The information privacy policy is made in accordance with Territory Privacy Principle 1.3 of the Information Privacy Act.

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