In the early 1970's, the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation instigated an ambitious urban development project with a vision to establish regional parklands based on the unique, bio-diverse nature of the region.
Initially, the various parcels of land were owned and/or managed by a range of organisations which included:
It was recognised that planning would require significant input, not only from the landowners, but also from interested community members, various service and special interest groups, commerce and industry.
In the first step of the process, a management committee met periodically to develop a framework plan that provided a concept for the management of Albury Wodonga regional parklands. Consequently, early management and administration was undertaken by AWDC.
In September 1996, a plan detailing the landscape and open space strategy for the region was completed. This plan was based on the vision of establishing ‘the most magnificent regional parklands in Australia' in partnership with the Albury Wodonga community. In 2004 this vision was updated as follows –
"parklands, in partnership with the Albury Wodonga regional community, will help establish the most magnificent lifestyle through the development of its regional parklands".
In January 1997, parklands was incorporated in both states and the Committee of Management became the Board of Directors. In 2004, parklands became a company, limited by guarantee.