Hanging Rock group ‘encouraged’ by consultation


Community consultation undertaken as part of a review of the management at Hanging Rock was “encouraging”, Hanging Rock Action Group president Luke Spielvogel said last week.

The action group has long sought better protection for the major tourist attraction. Its members were among about 50 people at Woodend last Wednesday who were told that possible changes included reforming the Rock’s advisory committee or giving control of the iconic site to Parks Victoria.

As reported by Star Weekly, the state government appointed consultants to consider options for new management of Hanging Rock Reserve.

The comprehensive review, which will include a second stage focused on planning controls, fulfils an Andrews’ government pre-election promise.

‘‘We’re … encouraged by the process itself and some of the themes that were discussed,’’ Mr Spielvogel said. “There was real balance and perspective.’’

He said many felt too much focus had been put on recreation at the Rock, ‘‘perhaps at the expense of environment and heritage values’’.

As it is, residents have until Friday to comment on concept plans for two new picnic shelters at the Rock.

Mr Spielvogel welcomed the extension of the deadline for electronic submissions to the management review until July 31.

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