Mineral springs across Victoria, including in the Macedon Ranges, are at the heart of a Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, DELWP, master plan currently seeking community input.
DELWP is putting together a 10-year strategic plan governing the management of publicly accessible mineral springs, aiming to guide land managers in future use, investment and promotion.
DELWP land and built environment regional manager Daniel McMahon said natural mineral springs were a valuable resource recognised for their historical, cultural, social and economic values.
“Many people from right across Victoria visit the springs and enjoy drinking the spring waters,” he said.
The mineral springs are located across the shires of Hepburn, Moorabool, Macedon Ranges, City of Greater Geelong and Mt Alexander.
People can provide feedback on what they value about mineral springs, what springs they prefer, how they know about them and they collect, store and consume the water.
Mr McMahon said the master plan would seek to balance regional tourism and traditional owner aspirations for self-determination.
The master plan is expected to be completed by December. People can complete the survey at www.engage.vic.gov.au/mineral-springs-masterplan before July 10.