Haven (Anzac Park) Landscape Plan

Horsham Rural City Council and Haven’s Community Reference Group have been developing a plan for the Haven Recreation Reserve since May 2021. This has been a process of co-design as the community’s aspirations for Haven were considered alongside population growth, and various Strategic plans to support the growth and sustainability of Haven.

The result is a well-considered landscape plan for Anzac Park that incorporates key principles of design that reflect the community’s vision and that now needs further consultation with the broader community.

It is important to note that at this stage, none of the identified changes/upgrades are confirmed. The final plan will be subject to the result of consideration of community feedback and Council endorsement of the plan.

Any subsequent upgrades or developments will be subject to funding from the Council budget and/or grants and will involve more specific planning and consultation.

Download the Plan Overview

The Draft Plans were open for public comment and submissions closed 5pm on Friday 11 March 2022.

What is our vision for the Park?

That the Haven Recreation Reserve – Anzac Park - will provide a range of opportunities for our community to be socially connected and physically active. The Reserve and the Park will support a diversity of experiences, celebrate the natural environment and be a meeting place for the community.

Who did we consult?

We received 79 responses from our community via the feedback survey. Responses were completed electronically and via printed surveys.

We received a high level of response when we attended the Haven Market.

When did the consultation occur?

Consultation and conversations occurred from the beginning of December 2021 through to the end of February 2022.

What were we told?

People confirmed the importance of:

  • Creating opportunities for social connection and family gatherings
  • Trees, shade, tables and seating that encourage people to gather and linger longer in the area
  • Nature-based play that is accessible to people of different ages and abilities
  • Connected pathways that can be used by different people – for walking, running and movement around the area
  • Public art being integrated throughout the area so the Park is a welcoming entrance to the reserve.

Next steps in the process

A report will be presented to Council recommending that the plan for upgrades to Sunnyside Park be adopted.