A $3.15 million development of Hanging Rock’s amenities and landscape has just been completed.
Senator Jane Hume and Macedon Ranges council mayor Jennifer Anderson unveiled the finished Hanging Rock Infrastructure Development Project last week.
The East Paddock has been upgraded to encourage visitors to hold picnics and events, reducing the pressure of visitation on areas near the rock.
Two picnic shelters including toilets, barbecues, seating and car parking have been built in the East Paddock.
Cr Anderson said it was important to protect the environment while catering for the next generations of visitors.
“Hanging Rock experiences increasing visitation every year and it is hoped that the new picnic shelters will help to do this,” she said.
Power supply to this area, as well as lighting, water and power distribution infrastructure, has also been installed.
The main reserve has received lighting improvements and electrical upgrades.
To expand wildlife habitat and contribute to conserving biodiversity, more than 1500 trees have been planted.
Landscaping at the viewing mound and amphitheatre have also been finished.
The project was funded by more than $2 million from the federal government and more than $1 million from Macedon Ranges council.