Exploring the future of Tower Hill
Wednesday 18 September, 2019
Public invited to share ideas on revitalising popular wildlife reserve
Parks Victoria is seeking public input as it explores options to revitalise the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve.
To the west of Warrnambool, Tower Hill is a unique natural feature, an important habitat for plants and animals, a place of significant Aboriginal cultural values, and a much-loved community asset.
Parks Victoria is committed to protecting these values while exploring new options to enhance the reserve and cater for increasing visitation to the region. With the support of Regional Development Victoria, consultants have been engaged to produce a business case to examine the economic feasibility of potential options, including improved infrastructure; Aboriginal, wildlife and geological tourism; and the feasibility of linking the reserve with Warrnambool and the Port Fairy Rail Trail.
Formed at least 30,000 years ago, Tower Hill is an area of great significance for Traditional Owners, the Eastern Maar people, who are key partners in this project. Today, its cultural history is shared through guided tours in the reserve, where visitors also enjoy walks through a volcanic landscape that is home to a variety of native animals, including koalas, emus and echidnas.
The local community, park users and stakeholders are invited to discuss potential options to enhance the area at a drop-in session on Tuesday 8 October, 4:00 – 7:00pm at Koroit’s Blackwood Centre.
From 18 September, people will also be able to provide feedback online, through the Engage Victoria website.
Feedback from the public will contribute to a business case that will be submitted to the state government in January 2020.
Parks Victoria is working closely with a Project Control Group comprised of Regional Development Victoria, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Great Ocean Road Tourism, Moyne Shire Council, VicRoads, Visit Victoria and Warrnambool City Council. Development of the business case is being funded through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund from the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions.
Quotes attributable to Peter Livitsanis, acting District Manager–West Coast, Parks Victoria:
“Established in 1892 as Victoria’s first national park, Tower Hill is a special cultural and environmental place, a reserve that is popular with locals and tourists alike.”
“We’re keen to hear people’s views as we explore the economic feasibility of potential options to revitalise the reserve.”