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Government buys Hanging Rock’s East Paddock

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

The State Government has purchased Hanging Rock’s East Paddock for $3 million and released a new masterplan aiming to protect the icon’s cultural significance.

Minister for Environment Ingrid Stitt announced on Friday the purchase from Macedon Ranges Shire Council would provide a clear pathway for the future management of Hanging Rock.

The newly-acquired East Paddock will officially be integrated into the Hanging Rock Reserve – ensuring the precinct remains protected under single ownership of the precinct.

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The East Paddock will continue to cater for a range of uses such as special music events but will be carefully managed to limit impacts on nature and the surrounding environment.

The relocation of sporting facilities will occur over a transition period of five years while the council to work with clubs to find suitable alternative sites.

Racing is a limited major event that occurs twice a year. The racecourse and associated racing events are heritage listed.

Ms Stitt said events at East Paddock would be carefully managed to limit impacts on nature and the surrounding environment.

Traditional Owners groups and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council were consulted to develop the Hanging Rock Precinct Master Plan, which outlines new actions on how to sustainably promote the regions cultural heritage.

The plan also outlines future developments to protect the natural environment and improve the visitor experience, including a new revegetated ’Songline’ walking trail and a visitor centre that will act as a hub for dining and education purposes.

The Labor Government will continue to work towards a joint management arrangement with Traditional Owners, and the council will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of Hanging Rock for at least another three years.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas thanked all parties for their hard work to create the Hanging Rock Master Plan.

Ms Stitt said the purchase and the master plan moved the government closer to achieving long-term protection for Hanging Rock.

“We are getting on with implementing the 50-year Hanging Rock Strategic Plan to ensure the development and management of Hanging Rock remains sustainable for years to come,” she said.

Mayor Annette Death said the sale and master plan would help ensure the cultural and environmental significance of the site was not only protected but enhanced progressively over the coming decades.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Victorian Government and Traditional Owner groups on the precinct’s long-term management and development, to continue to provide a truly unique visitor experience that champions the site as a historically special meeting place,” she said.

“Council will also continue to work closely with the Victorian Government and Hanging Rock sporting groups on what the endorsed master plan will mean for them in the short and long term, with the focus on finding suitable new spaces that meet their needs into the future.”

Council chief executive Bernie O’Sullivan said council considered the sale price of $3 million as suitable and within market range, as assessed by council’s appointed valuer. He said over the coming months, council would carefully assess the best strategic management of these funds for the long-term benefit of the community.

The Hanging Rock Precinct Master Plan and purchase of East Paddock are among the aims set out in the 50-year Hanging Rock Strategic Plan approved by the government and council in 2018.

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