Long overdue

The Friends of Hanging Rock have welcomed the preparation of a new masterplan for Hanging Rock, part of a suite of actions announced last December by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville.

Minister Neville announced the plan as part of a new management proposal, which is focused on ensuring environmental values at the Rock are protected, as well as greater transparency and engagement with the community.

Friends president Nathan Alexander congratulated Minister Neville on her rapid response to last year's comprehensive review of Hanging Rock's management arrangements.

"We're looking forward to helping create this new masterplan," Mr Alexander said. 

"The last plan was done in 1993 - 23 long years ago, and a new plan for the Rock is very overdue. If the community, state and shire all agree on a shared vision we can achieve a vastly better Hanging Rock for visitors and for nature. The master plan can give us that vision."

The Friends are concerned about infrastructure currently proposed for the East Paddock, which is adjacent to Hanging Rock Reserve. Macedon Ranges Council will vote in its upcoming February meeting on whether to proceed with constructing picnic shelters and toilets in the area, with assistance from Regional Development Australia funding. 

"The East Paddock has many options for its future use, and these will be explored in the master planning process," Mr Alexander said. 

"It would be inappropriate for council to rush through any major works before this is in place."

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