2020 Engagement - open

Overview

Filled with mystique and beauty, the nested maar of Tower Hill State Game Reserve (Tower Hill Reserve) represents a story of healing and restoration. As a former volcano, the unique landscape provides both a scenic and immersive landscape, which ignites a sense of exploration and discovery. This wildlife and game reserve located on Eastern Maar Country, holds great social, cultural and geological significance. It supports a diverse array of bird and terrestrial wildlife, and has become a popular place for domestic and international visitors.

With its proximity to the Great Ocean Road region and other significant cultural sites, such as Budj Bim, World Heritage Site, Tower Hill Reserve is becoming a known stop-off destination for visitors, as part of a broader itinerary within Victoria’s south-west region. Last year more than 295,000 visitors were recorded at the reserve, which demonstrates steady increases in visitation over the past 5 years.

These trends represent both an opportunity and a challenge, in terms of protecting the site and the core reason people are visiting.

The Activation and Linkages Plan

In partnership with Regional Development Victoria, Parks Victoria has created a Draft Activation and Linkages Plan (the draft plan). The intent of this project is to explore and evaluate key opportunities to enhance visitor experience and linkages to Tower Hill Reserve.

The draft plan aims to be holistic and balance a variety of considerations to establish a long-term vision for the reserve that supports the anticipated growth in visitation. It identifies a number of initiatives, which support existing operations and assets, while charting new waters to provide further unique experiences that capture the spirit, identity and importance of this place. They are designed to appeal to a wide range of user groups and encourage immersive and engaging experiences, respecting the parks inherent values.

This draft plan was informed by engagement with key stakeholders and community, including a survey on Engage Victoria which was completed by over 200 people. Parks Victoria thanks everyone for their contribution to date.

The draft plan is a strategic document, setting out a vision and recommended direction for the reserve. All initiatives in the plan still requires detailed planning and funding.

The Victorian Government recently announced $11.3 million for upgrades at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve as part of the $2.7 billion COVID-19 pandemic works stimulus package. This money will be used to achieve some of the initiatives outlined in this draft plan.

You can explore the key initiatives in the plan on the interactive map below, or read the full plan in the document library section on the right.

How to provide feedback on the plan

We welcome feedback on the plan from everyone!

You can give feedback by completing the survey below or by emailing a submission to engage@parks.vic.gov.au.

Parks Victoria will also be holding an online community information session on Thursday 17 September, 5.30 – 7.00pm. At this session people will hear from the project team and be able to ask questions. You can register by clicking on the key dates link on the right.

Parks Victoria is seeking feedback from Wednesday 2 September to Sunday 4 October

Key initiatives in the draft plan

Click on a dot below to see the initiatives. To see a more detailed version of this map with descriptions of the initiatives see page 59 to 73 of the plan in the document library.

Interactive map of Tower Hill and the initiatives
Establish crater rim trail
Shaded outdoor pavilion
Establish crater rim trail
Upgrade to main carparks
Dance ground enhancements
Food and beverage kiosk
Upgrade Robin Boyd Building
Remove wildlife fencing
Replace viewing platforms and handrails
Nature play area
Event amphitheatre
Realign / upgrade vehicle entrance
Seal and / or improve parking areas
Northern pedestrian connection
Upgrade / extend Lake Edge Trail
Upgrade Lava Tongue Boardwalk
Establish new bus stops
Seal and / or improve parking areas
Seal and / or improve parking areas
Establish new bus stops
Dance Ground enhancements
New toilet amenities
Upgrade exisiting BBQ facilities
Upgrade Cairn Lookout
Low impact accommodation
Upgrade Von Guerard Lookout
Outdoor space for hire
Upgrade Koroit Water Tank Lookout

Collection Notice

All submissions (this includes surveys) are public documents within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Please do not include personally identifying information in the body of your submission. If you do not wish your submission to be published or to have content from your submission quoted in the Parks Victoria response to consultation, please select the appropriate tickbox in the survey or contact us at engage@parks.vic.gov.au

Parks Victoria is committed to protecting personal information provided by you. Your personal information and the content of your submission will be dealt with in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

The personal contact information you provide will be kept separate from the body of your submission and used to administer the public consultation process only. Your personal contact information will not be provided to any other organisation unless required by law. Your personal contact information may be used by Parks Victoria to update you on this project . You have the option to opt out at any time.

To access your data or opt-out, please email us at engage@parks.vic.gov.au

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2019 Engagement - closed

Koroit Community Drop-in Session

Those interested in attending community a drop-in session for Tower Hill State Game Reserve Project please see details below:

  • Blackwood Centre, 172 Commercial Rd Koroit, Tuesday 8 October 2019, 4:00 – 7:00pm

Map of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

This is a map of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, it possible to see in the main entrance and exit locations, the parking space, the multiple foot tracks, roads, the visitor center, picnic areas inside the reserve. On the outer area of the lake and crater is

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Survey

Part 1: Demographic Information

These questions help us make sure that we have captured the views of a range of people.


Please indicate your gender

Which of the following statements best describe your connection to Tower Hill? (please tick all that apply) Required

Part 2: Visitation

Why do you visit Tower Hill? (tick all that apply) Required
What activities do you undertake at Tower Hill? (tick all that apply) Required

If yes please describe below, for example did you purchase accommodation, equipment hire, food and beverages, petrol?

Part 3: Future Opportunities

The following questions are related to possible options for Tower Hill State Game Reserve, please provide your comment.

The following guiding principles were developed based on background investigations and stakeholder feedback.

Principle 1: Culture and storytelling

Continue to celebrate and explore Aboriginal stories of Tower Hill and the region, and expand opportunities for visitors to engage with the spirit and story of place.
Please select your 3 preferred options.

Principle 2: Engaging with nature and wildlife

Tower Hill promotes opportunities for visitors to be engaged through nature and discovery by enhancing connections to the geology, ecology and wildlife.
Please select your preferred 5 options.

Principle 3: Intuitive and accessible

New and improved tracks, wayfinding and infrastructure strengthens the experience to create an effortless and comfortable experience for all.
Please select your preferred 5 options.

Principle 4: Linkages and access

Enhance connections to Koroit and strengthen the reserve as a key destination along the Great Ocean Road, connecting communities from Warrnambool to Port Fairy.
Please select your preferred 3 options.

Part 4: Further Opportunities


Your contact information is only be used to administer the public consultation process and will be separated from your submission. You can view the Privacy Statement below.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Collection Notice

All submissions are public documents within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Please do not include personally identifying information in the body of your submission. If you do not wish your submission to be published or to have content from your submission quoted in the Parks Victoria response to consultation, please select the appropriate tickbox in the survey or contact us at engage@parks.vic.gov.au.

Parks Victoria is committed to protecting personal information provided by you. Your personal information and the content of your submission will be dealt with in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973, the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).

The personal contact information you provide will be kept separate from the body of your submission and used to administer the public consultation process only. Your personal contact information will not be provided to any other organisation unless required by law. Your personal contact information may be used by Parks Victoria to update you on this project and/or for other marketing purposes. You have the option to opt out at any time.

To access your data or opt-out, please email us at engage@parks.vic.gov.au

For more information read Parks Victoria’s Privacy Policy.