Improvements to Hanging Rock, funded by Council and state and federal governments, are well under way.
The projects will upgrade the ageing infrastructure at Hanging Rock and enhance the overall visitor experience at this popular natural attraction.
Work is under way on several environmental initiatives that focus on conserving and enhancing Hanging Rock Reserve and the East Paddock.
Funding for this project includes:
- $2 million from Regional Development Australia
- More than $2 million from Council ($1.038 million of which is in-kind land and project management)
- $30,000 from the Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club
- $21,000 from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.
East picnic ground shelters
The construction of two new picnic shelters with toilets, barbecues, seating and car parking in the East Paddock has been completed.
The shelters are part of a long term vision to provide facilities to encourage picnicking and events in the East Paddock and reduce pressure on areas near the rock.
Landscaping works and the planting of more than 1,500 trees are underway to provide increased habitat for wildlife and contribute to conserving biodiversity as part of Council’s Environment Management Plan for Hanging Rock.
Council will also undertake landscaping works at the viewing mound and small amphitheatre.
Power and lighting
Power supply to the East Paddock as well as lighting, water and power distribution infrastructure have now been installed.
Lighting improvements and electrical upgrades to the main reserve have also been completed.
An agreement between Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering upgrades to visitor facilities at Hanging Rock. The funding, now in its fifth year, is being used for toilet and building refurbishments, road and path upgrades, and environmental works.
Works completed include:
- Environment works guided by the Environmental Management Plan including pest animal and plan control, tree maintenance, flora and fauna monitoring and extensive revegetation works
- Development of Grassland Management Plan
- Resurfacing of main roadways within Reserve
- Boundary fence replacement
- Installation of rabbit proofing under buildings and other control works
- Refurbishment of four toilet blocks
The Environmental Management Plan and Fire Management Plan for Hanging Rock was completed and endorsed by Council in December 2015.
The plan provides direction and priorities for environmental and conservation works at the Reserve including the East Paddock.
The development of the plan involved extensive consultation with local residents, relevant stakeholders, community groups, State Government, Council and feedback from the wider community. Implementation of the plan is underway.
April 2020 Update
The preservation and ongoing improvement of environmental values at Hanging Rock Reserve have been progressing steadily since the adoption of the reserve wide environmental management plan with a wide range of environmentally focused works being undertaken throughout the reserve.
The environmental works include weed control across the entire reserve, pest animal control, targeted fauna surveys, ongoing flora monitoring and extensive revegetation aimed at increasing diversity and cover of mid storey and ground storey species to minimise erosion and delineate areas dedicated to conservation from the public use areas of the reserve. Over 17,000 trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted in the last three years with more revegetation planned for this year.
A key recommendation of the Environmental Management Plan is preparation of a management plan for the Racecourse Grassland(PDF, 7MB) which are considered to be of high ecological significance. This plan has been prepared and was adopted by Council in February 2020 .