Community to have their say on Grampians upgrades
Wednesday 17 August, 2022
The local community and visitors to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park are invited to have their say on proposed upgrades to popular locations in the park.
Thanks to a combined $12.76 million dollar investment from the Victorian Government, the MacKenzie Falls visitor precinct in the park is being revitalised, and access points and trailheads along the 160-kilometre Grampians Peaks Trail upgraded.
Located in the central Grampians, MacKenzie Falls is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Victoria.
Upgrades to enhance the visitor experience will focus on improved safety and access in the carpark and along trails. This will include improved opportunities for viewing the falls, improved site facilities, and opportunities to interpret Aboriginal cultural and environmental values for the site and surrounding landscape.
The project will build on community consultation and design investigations that were undertaken for MacKenzie Falls in 2017. An ongoing partnership with Traditional Owners, represented by Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, is also shaping the project.
Find out more about the MacKenzie Falls revitalisation and provide your feedback before 8 September.
The Grampians Peaks Trail is a unique natural and cultural long-distance hiking experience that runs down through the park from Mount Zero in the north, through Halls Gap, to Dunkeld in the south. Since opening in November 2021, hikers have booked over 9,200 nights to stay at hike-in campgrounds along the length of the trail.
The upgraded trailheads along the Grampians Peaks Trail will, provide hikers with increased flexibility, information and facilities to access the trail and enjoy it in more ways than ever before. Improvements will likely include new toilets at some locations, improved car parking, larger water tanks, and opportunities to interpret Aboriginal cultural and environmental values of Gariwerd.
These projects are both in line with the principles of the Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan which received significant community input between 2019 to 2021.
The upgraded trailheads are expected to be completed in 2023 and MacKenzie Falls revitalisation in 2024, subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions.
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