Hanging Rock redevelopment to bring in the crowds

Media Release

FN165/2017

05 October 2017

Joint release with:

Jane Hume

Senator for Victoria

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Jennifer Anderson

Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council

  • Works complete on $3.15 million project to redevelop Hanging Rock nature reserve in central Victoria
  • Works include installation of power, water facilities and telecommunications
  • The Coalition Government invested $2.089 million through the
    Regional Development Australia Fund

Hanging Rock will be able to attract even more visitors to the Macedon Ranges Shire following a redevelopment of the viewing and stage areas, power supply, parking and visitor pavilions.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the improved facilities mean the venue could attract larger events and concerts.

“The Hanging Rock Reserve already hosts some amazing events, and this redevelopment will help attract even more tourists to Hanging Rock,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kind of communities our children and grandchildren either want to live in or come back to and great parks and recreational areas do that.”

Senator for Victoria Jane Hume joined the community for the opening and said that the improved infrastructure would ensure that the Hanging Rock Reserve continues to be a draw card for the region.

“The development included pedestrian trails, visitor pavilions, parking, and improvements to the wildlife corridors and habits,” Senator Hume said.

“Central Victoria's iconic Hanging Rock Reserve is only an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD and features tranquil bush trails and picnic grounds, perfect for a weekend getaway.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said that upgrades to the viewing and stage areas, power supply, telecommunications infrastructure would be great for upcoming concerts.

“The upgraded electrical supply to the main reserve, and levelling works to the stage and hard standing areas would allow the venue to improve the overall experience of concert goers,” Ms Pulford said.

“The improvements will be put to the test in November as Hanging Rock prepares to host Australian legends Midnight Oil, John Butler Trio, and Something for Kate.”

Mayor of Macedon Ranges Shire Council Jennifer Anderson said that the East Paddock was purchased in order to take the pressure off the sensitive environmental areas of Hanging Rock.

“Hanging Rock experiences increasing visitations every year and it is hoped that the new picnic shelters will help to do this,” Cr Anderson said.

“It's important through works such as these and the development of the Hanging Rock Master Plan we continue to protect the natural environment and beauty of the area, while allowing it to be experienced by visitors for all generations to come.”

This project was jointly funded by the Federal Coalition Government ($2,089,000), the Victorian Government ($21,000) and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council ($1,045,000).