Protecting the Hanging Rock precinct
Hanging Rock Strategic Plan
On 27 September 2018, The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and The Hon Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning endorsed the 50-year Hanging Rock Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan builds on previous work to prepare a master plan for the site. Through extensive consultation, it was identified that the values of the site were such that it deserved a more strategic approach following which the 50-year Strategic Plan has been prepared.
A master plan is still required and is one of the actions in the Strategic Plan. This work will now be better informed by the Plan that provides a vision for future uses of Hanging Rock and its immediate surrounds for the next 50 years.
Extensive consultation with the community, the Traditional Owners; the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council over the past three years has contributed to the development of the plan.
The 50-year plan pays respect and recognition to the Traditional Owner’s cultural values and practices after a century and a half of Crown land management.
To deliver on the Plan, several implementation actions are required over a twenty plus year period. An implementation plan will be produced through workshops and further consultation with Traditional Owners, Council and other key stakeholders.
DELWP and Macedon Ranges Shire Council are working with the community to develop a Master Plan for the Hanging Rock Precinct. The Master plan is now in the final stages. The aim of the Master Plan is to retain the precinct's international reputation as a popular local and tourist destination that has strong social, cultural and environmental values. The Master Plan will also provide a strategy for the long-term direction and investment needs of the precinct.
The objectives of the Master Plan are:
- acknowledge and enhance the environmental, social, historical and economic values
- engage the key stakeholders and broader community
- identify planning framework and other strategic directions
- explore opportunities for financial self-sufficiency
- articulate precinct vision and values
- provide the land use direction for activity and built form
Consultation on the draft Hanging Rock Master Plan – Options Paper was held in August and September 2017.
The draft Options Paper explored a range of options for the arrangement and improvements for Hanging Rock - our world renowned landmark with strong social, cultural and environmental values.