There’s some rock-solid plans for Hanging Rock.
Macedon Ranges council last week adopted the Hanging Rock Strategic Plan to guide management of the site for the next 50 years.
The plan outlines more involvement for traditional owner groups.
It is subject to the state government agreeing to work with the council on how the plan will be implemented, discussing the ownership of the council-owned east paddock and funding $375,000 for maintenance.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the plan offered protection for the site.
“We have worked and consulted
with the community on coming up
with a list of priorities … it came to the point we need a higher level document,” Cr Anderson told a recent council meeting.
“As it stands, the only income at Hanging Rock is gate fees, so we need to formulate our priorities.”
Macedon Ranges council also plans to hold workshops, involving members of the Hanging Rock Action Group and other stakeholders, to identify time frames for projects in the reserve.
Friends of Hanging Rock member Luke Spielvogel said the group was excited about the strategic plan.
“We’re pleased that discussions regarding the future ownership of the east paddock have been initiated,” Mr Spielvogel said.
“Friends of Hanging Rock have long advocated for ‘One Rock’, as a single precinct, enjoying common ownership.”