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To: The State Parliament of Victoria


Macedon Ranges Shire Council has agreed to scrap the development plans for Hanging Rock. The State Government will provide $1 million for maintenance over four years, as well as introduce planning restrictions.

We the undersigned, as concerned patrons and supporters of Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges, formally and humbly bring to your attention the Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s decision to invite private development to the Hanging Rock precinct whilst bypassing community consultation.

The Council, as Committee of Management and as stewards of Hanging Rock have a responsibility to the local community, to the hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world and to future generations to ensure the unique character and essence of Hanging Rock is preserved in perpetuity.

The petitioners therefore request that the State Parliament of Victoria:
1. Support the Hanging Rock Precinct’s nomination to the Victorian Heritage Register, affording it the respect, recognition and protection it has long deserved

2. Appoint an independent Committee of Management to manage, govern and truly advocate for conservation of the Hanging Rock Precinct

3. Investigate whether the 2010 zoning amendment of Crown Allotments 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E Section 2 Parish of Newham to Public Park and Recreation Zone (PPRZ) was appropriate, and consider rezoning this area to Public Resource and Conservation Zone (PCRZ) as part of the Hanging Rock Reserve, as it is regarded and was originally intended when acquired by Council in 1990.

We ask for your assistance in delivering the best outcome for Hanging Rock.

Regards Luke Spielvogel & Hanging Rock Action Group

Why is this important?

Hanging Rock is a local and international icon of immense cultural, social, environmental and economic significance. From the Bushranger "Mad-Dog" Morgan, the countless picnics (some more successful than others), Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart and the Boss, the Rock continues to reinvent itself into our communities folklore. On a clear day visitors to the Rock can be heard calling gleefully for our eternally lost "MIRANDA".

On the 28/8/2013 the Macedon Ranges Shire Council approved a motion (4 votes to 4 [on casting]), which was affirmed (5 to 4) on 4/9/2013 to invite private investment and development of 5.8 hectares of the Hanging Rock precinct, and to undertake additional related development and works.

The Council’s resolution:
(a) bypasses the Council's own Community Consultation Framework, denying residents and stakeholders the opportunity to have their say
(b) directs the development to include (per the Hanging Rock Development and Investment Plan):
- a conference and function centre
- a 100 room accommodation facility
- a well-being centre and day spa
- an unspecified number of "Creek Apartments"
- a permanent stage and event structure
- yoga and adventure facilities on the Hanging Rock Reserve.

We have in good faith engaged with Council for six months since the original motion asking for due and proper process and encouraging community consultation. We have presented a petition of over 5,000 local signatories; we have found numerous inconsistencies in Council’s data and serious issues with their business case, but our Council persists unabated.

The scope and scale of development proposed is not in keeping with the cultural heritage and environmental significance of Hanging Rock. The social, environmental and economic impacts on the greater Macedon Ranges region do not seem to have been fully investigated.

At the very least these issues deserve rigorous debate and the Macedon Ranges community, as well as all the patrons, visitors and supporters of Hanging Rock across the world deserve to be heard.

Thank you, and please help us have our say!



2016-08-23 07:00:38 +1000

Petition is successful with 6,217 signatures

2014-12-12 13:17:15 +1100

Petition is successful with 6,206 signatures

2014-03-05 22:04:04 +1100

The Hanging Rock message just went National with a story on ABC's AM program

2013-12-13 10:33:56 +1100

Former Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor Richard Hughes sheds light on the Council’s important purchase of the East Paddock back in 1989.

2013-12-03 22:27:28 +1100

A great letter in today's (3/12) Midland Express by two former Councillors -

2013-10-25 13:08:01 +1100

7:30 Report Update - 18/10/13

2013-10-20 20:40:48 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2013-10-13 20:07:29 +1100

7:30 Report with Guy Stayner 11/10/2013

2013-09-24 09:07:18 +1000

MR Leader (Pg3)

2013-09-23 09:55:57 +1000

MRSC HR info bulletins 1 & 2

2013-09-21 08:31:07 +1000

2013-09-20 14:51:22 +1000

Hanging Rock Management Plan Docs inc the infamous "camping map" in the '13-14' document -

2013-09-17 22:47:59 +1000

2013-09-17 22:45:11 +1000

2013-09-17 08:16:56 +1000

2013-09-16 14:49:23 +1000

2013-09-15 09:21:15 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2013-09-15 00:59:32 +1000

Peter Johnston- CEO ([email protected])
(MRSC Chief Executive Officer)

2013-09-15 00:57:05 +1000

West Ward - Roger Jukes – Mayor ([email protected]), Jennifer Anderson ([email protected]), John Connor ( [email protected])

2013-09-15 00:55:56 +1000

East Ward - Joe Morabito([email protected]), Henry McLaughlin ([email protected]), Graham Hackett ([email protected])

2013-09-15 00:53:39 +1000

South Ward - Russell Mowatt (Deputy Mayor) ([email protected]), Sally Piper ([email protected]), John Letchford ([email protected])

2013-09-13 23:38:29 +1000

500 signatures reached

2013-09-13 20:18:21 +1000

Technical Difficulties with our Email Updates - will be resolved AM 14/7
Hanging Rock for Sale - now a featured campaign, check out the home page

2013-09-13 16:47:56 +1000

Great news - we got an email from a councillor!!! GREAT WORK EVERYONE. It doesn't say anything new and refers to the Mayor's message below.
That's still progress!!! I have it on reliable authority the Councillors are receiving numerous emails. You guys ROCK. We double all efforts.

2013-09-12 20:59:26 +1000

100 signatures reached

2013-09-12 17:02:07 +1000

50 signatures reached

2013-09-12 15:42:15 +1000

25 signatures reached

2013-09-12 13:53:13 +1000

10 signatures reached