Museum car park "under threat"

Russell Jack

Russell Jack

THE Golden Dragon Museum will fight to protect a car park it says will be reclaimed under a City of Greater Bendigo masterplan for Rosalind Park. 

Bendigo Chinese Association vice-president Russell Jack said the group had raised $275,000 to build the car park which the masterplan showed would be replaced with shrubs and greenery.

"There seems to be no replacement car park earmarked and I'm not sure how they expect us to continue without the parks," he said.

Bendigo council's planning and development director Prue Mansfield said it would be years before any plans went ahead - and no decisions had been made. 

"There's not even a finalised draft plan that has been released and the car parking issue is a tricky one," she said.

"People have such strong views. 

"Some want the car parks all to be removed from Rosalind Park, some want them to stay there and there are other people who say it needs to be consolidated.

"Ultimately, we would have to replace any car parking that was removed. We wouldn't just take it away."

The association says it spent countless months raising money for the car park.

Mr Jack approached all the region's councils of the time, organised several raffles and approached Parliament regarding funding. 

"Because the museum was going to be built on a car parking site, the association was told it had to replace it," he said. 

"But I don't know how many times they expect us to raise $275,000 to build a carpark.

"It almost killed us last time and we would really struggle to attract tourists without a car park. I'm not sure what we would do."

The current carpark houses up to 90 cars and includes steps which provide access for visitors wanting to walk to the museum. 

Ms Mansfield said the Rosalind Park masterplan is expected to be released for public comment soon. 

Councillors are yet to vote on anything in the draft. 

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