Parking and speed restrictions are soon to be enforced in Macedon to help cope with an impending influx of autumn visitors.
Macedon Ranges council is also preparing to increase its patrols and services during the popular tourism season.
Parking along the famous Honour Avenue will be prohibited between 9am-5pm starting from Friday, March 30, and the road’s speed limit will drop to 40 kilometres per hour.
Visitors will be directed to park at the nearby Tony Clarke Reserve and to walk back to see the coloured display.
Temporary traffic conditions are estimated to continue until Monday, April 30, but dates may be adjusted, according to Macedon Ranges council.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the council was catering to the area’s continually growing volume of visitors during the autumn season.
“We’ve been monitoring the increase in visitors over the last few years,” she said. “Each year we look at how we can improve on our strategies.”
Cr Anderson said the council’s efforts to manage traffic were based on feedback from local authorities and the community.
“We’re also encouraging visitors to extend their stay in the region and explore the many other attractions,” she said.
A visitor information marquee will be set up in Centennial Park on weekends to encourage visitors to attend other parts of the Macedon Ranges.
The council is also planning to more frequently clean public toilets and empty street bins, and there will be increased patrols by the council local laws officers to enforce parking restrictions.
Residents concerned about people entering their properties can download a sign that reads “Private property – do not enter” in English and Mandarin from www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/autumn-leaves