Protecting the Hanging Rock precinct

We are working with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to safeguard the Hanging Rock precinct as a popular local and tourist destination and maintain its strong social, cultural and environmental values.

The landmark is famous for its rare volcanic formation situated between Woodend and Mount Macedon in the Shire of Macedon Ranges.

In the project's first phase we undertook a comprehensive review in June 2015 including extensive community consultation.

We have now moved to phase two of the project which involves the development of a masterplan for the precinct, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council responsible for community and stakeholder consultation and delivery of the plan.

In November 2016, the Council also appointed a new expert skills-based committee, The Hanging Rock Strategic Advisory Committee (HRSAC), which includes a representative from the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Traditional Owner groups.  The aim of the committee is to advise and assist Macedon Ranges Shire Council on a new strategic direction for the iconic Hanging Rock precinct.

Review of the Hanging Rock precinct

Vision paper

In September 2016 residents and visitors to the Macedon Ranges were invited to comment on a Vision Paper for the Hanging Rock precinct.

The Vision Paper was the first step in the preparation of a new master plan for Hanging Rock Reserve and the East Paddock.

The Vision Paper describes what is valued about Hanging Rock precinct, as well as some issues and challenges, looking to opportunities for the future.


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 masterplan will also provide a strategy for the  long-term direction and investment needs of the precinct.

In preparation for public consultation, the HRSAC provided its initial assessment and recommendations of the draft masterplan to Council in January 2017. Recommendations will be available for public viewing after the February 2017 regular Council meeting.

Following endorsement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the draft master plan will be available for public comment until March 2017.

Next steps:
CompleteCurrent stageFuture stage
Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4
Understanding the placeCommunity EngagementRefining the masterplan and place strategyFinalising the masterplan
Desktop review
Place audit
Stakeholder workshops
Prepare vision paper
Project workshops
Broad community engagament
Draft masterplan
Community and council workshops
Broad community engagement
Preparing the final masterplan