New trial seeks to better manage visitor influx during autumn

New trial seeks to better manage visitor influx during autumn

Released: 11 April 2017

From 8 April, Macedon Ranges Shire Council is trialling new measures to manage traffic in and around Macedon and Mount Macedon as visitors flock to the area to view the spectacular display of autumn colours. 

The new trial measures include temporary parking restrictions, no stopping zones, and reduced speed limits. Public toilets will also be cleaned more frequently and additional street bins will be provided.

Please note that the no stopping zone on Honour Avenue is still in effect. 

Council’s Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said that last year there was a significant increase in the number of visitors, especially on weekends and public holidays.

“The amazing autumn colours are a key visitor attraction and this places substantial pressure on Honour Ave, Mt Macedon Road and surrounding areas, impacting traffic flow and raising concerns around road safety and public amenity.

“The power of social media and popular travel websites such as TripAdvisor, coupled with many tour operators offering ‘autumn leaves’ packages, are attracting greater numbers of visitors than ever before.” she said.

Over the past 12 months, Council officers have been working closely with local authorities and the community to address these issues and following a community meeting in December, a number of trial measures were suggested and scoped to better manage the influx of visitors.

Council is also working with the recently formed Autumn Festival Committee, who are coordinating a number of open gardens and are planning to implement initiatives to minimise impacts on the community and to maximise the visitor experience.

Residents directly impacted by the temporary measures have also been notified.

“The Macedon Ranges has been a popular spot to visit in autumn for over 100 years and we want to ensure visitors to the region have a great experience so that they go home and tell their families and friends about what a spectacular place the Macedon Ranges is,” Cr Anderson said.

It is anticipated that the new trial measures will be implemented between 8 and 30 April 2017, however depending on the climate and subsequent changing colour of the leaves, this will be monitored and adjusted where necessary. 

New temporary measures

  • Cleaning public amenities more frequently in the main hot spots of Macedon and Mount Macedon.
  • Providing additional street bins and collections to prevent overflow.
  • Implementing a temporary no stopping area between 9am and 5pm along Honour Avenue, Macedon and directing cars to park at Tony Clarke Reserve using traffic management and signage.
  • Reducing the speed limit from 60 km/h to  40 km/h along Honour Avenue on weekends and public holidays.
  • Extending the existing no stopping area where parking is a risk to public safety in some narrow sections of Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon in the vicinity of the majority of open gardens.
  • Introducing two hour restricted parking in sections of the Mount Macedon village to enable those who are visiting the businesses within the village greater opportunity to access parking
  • Increasing patrols by Council Local Laws Officers to enforce temporary measures within their jurisdiction. 

Signage for residents

If you are concerned about people entering your premises during the autumn period, you can download a 'Private property - do not enter' sign, Word (DOCX, 12KB) or PDF format (PDF, 154KB), that is written in English and translated into Mandarin for you to print out, laminate and place at your entrance.

Trespassing on private property 

If you experience people trespassing on your private property, contact Victoria Police by calling triple zero (000).

Things to see and do - visitor guide

For information about things to see and do in autumn around Macedon and Mt Macedon, download our visitor guide and map.

Special Anzac Day arrangements

Please note Tony Clarke Reserve will not be available for parking for those visiting the autumn leaves on Honour Ave on ANZAC Day, Tuesday 25 April. If you are intending to visit Honour Avenue, please park at Macedon Railway Station located in Smith Street in Macedon, where a free shuttle bus service will operate to and from Honour Avenue between 9am and 5pm. 

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