Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Village Abandons Victorian Park Plan

Village Abandons Victorian Park Plan
July 7, 2008

Village Roadshow has abandoned plans to redevelop the Werribee Open Range Zoo into an African-style safari park and theme park.

An inter-departmental Victorian Government committee recently identified problems relating to multiple land titles, the complexity of transferring Crown leases to a private company, roads and transport issues, the potential loss of revenue to the existing zoo and concerns over animal welfare.

When added to Village's desire for a free 99-year lease of crown land and a Victorian Government contribution of $100 million towards the development, the State Government's support for the scheme has evaporated.

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding, who initially backed the scheme, recently conceded the park was not feasible, stating "while the tourism merits of the proposal were clear, we felt the financial contribution that would be required from the State Government was too great."

Village Roadshow spokesman Ben Wilson expressed his company's disappointed that its proposal had been rejected, stating that "at this stage we're moving on to concentrate on our new projects in NSW, Queensland and New Zealand. That's where the growth prospects are."

Zoos Victoria, which manages the Werribee site as well as Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, and which strongly opposed the safari park plan, is, according to Chief Executive John Wills "finalising a 20-year vision to further develop Werribee Open Range Zoo as a true iconic tourist destination for Victoria."

23rd May 2008 - VILLAGE TO BUY AUSSIE WORLD

17th April 2008 - SUPER WILDLIFE PARK FOR MELBOURNE?


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist contractor in the areas of Sound Reinforcement, Performance Lighting, Audio Visual Systems, Video and Communications. Over the past 40 years we have developed a…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Intelligenz

Intelligenz provides Leisure Management Software for managing all your Program Registrations, Facility Bookings, Membership Sales and POS Transactions; including detailed Reporting, automated…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business