Plan for Tower Hill future released

Parks Victoria

A plan for the future of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Warrnambool will secure one of Victoria’s most important conservation and cultural heritage areas for all to enjoy.

The final Tower Hill Activation and Linkages Plan has been released after a second round of community consultation received nearly 250 submissions.

The Victorian Government announced $11.3 million for upgrades at Tower Hill as part of the $2.7 billion COVID-19 pandemic works stimulus package. The plan aims to ensure these upgrades provide ongoing protection for the environment and harness the opportunities they bring for sustainable recreation and nature-based tourism.

Two people watching emus

Emus are one of the native species that call Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve home. Credit: Parks Victoria

Close to the Great Ocean Road and the Budj Bim National Park World Heritage site, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is becoming a known stop-off destination for visitors. In 2019, more than 295,000 visitors were recorded prior to the impacts of the COVID-19, with steady increases expected in future.

Feedback throughout the two rounds of consultation showed strong support for enhancing Tower Hill, its trail network, and facilities, including the heritage-listed Robin Boyd building and visitor centre, and reducing pest plants and animals to conserve the environment of the magnificent dormant volcano.

Opportunities for education, trails and visitor information to celebrate the area’s cultural heritage are also proposed in line with aspirations and strategic plans of Eastern Maar Traditional Owners of the land.

View over a lake with a sunset

Tower Hill’s crater lake is a remnant of Victoria’s volcanic past. Credit: Parks Victoria

Initial works have already commenced, including upgraded barbecue facilities, tracks and boardwalks. Other priorities include upgrades for the visitor information and cultural centre, replacing the toilet block and enhancing the dance ground.

The Tower Hill Activation and Linkages Plan and an engagement summary report are now available on the Engage Victoria website at https://engage.vic.gov.au/revitalising-tower-hill-wildlife-reserve

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