The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Surf Coast Shire Council have been working with the community to capture their thoughts on how the Winchelsea Common should be used in the future.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Surf Coast Shire Council have been working with the community to capture their thoughts on how the Winchelsea Common should be used in the future.

The Project Team are now working with landscape architects to design the draft land use plan before going back to community for further feedback.

DELWP Statutory Planning Major Project Manger Sally Patterson said: "We are continuing to listen to the community, gather their thoughts and understand what they value about the area. This information will guide the development of plans and identify necessary clean up actions on site."

"Up to 102 people provided suggestions on the future use of the Common through surveys, site tours and an Open Shed event. An additional 43 people commented through the project website.

"Across the surveys and tours there was a strong sense of ownership and pride from participants toward 'their' Common and a willingness to consider the opportunities for future uses."  Ms Patterson said.

Community consultation will continue with events being scheduled for early 2017.

Some of the features already suggested by the community for the draft future use plan include birdwatching/wildlife observation areas, a fitness area, walking/bike tracks and the establishment of a Friends of the Common Group.

The Common, formerly the site of the gun club and go-kart club, has been closed due to the presence of lead shot, clay target fragments and plastic casings being found across much of the Common. Work is being undertaken to reopen parts of Winchelsea Common for the community.

For more information on the project and upcoming community engagement, visit Engage Victoria or contact Sally Patterson at DELWP on 03 5220 2008.