Mount Macedon viewscape

The project

This project is being delivered on the Traditional Lands of the Wurundjeri People.

Standing at the top of the Macedon Regional Park, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross is a significant visitor destination and important historical marker.

The Memorial Cross is registered in the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) and is important to the State of Victoria for historic, social and aesthetic reasons.

The cross was originally designed to be visible from the surrounding countryside and to have sweeping views over the plains towards the city. In the years since the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, however, trees around the Memorial Cross have grown to a point where the viewscape has changed. 

There is a heritage covenant over the Memorial Cross Reserve which outlines the expectation that views can be enjoyed from Melbourne and looking out from the cross. To reinstate these views from, Parks Victoria will remove trees that stand on a section of land below the cross.

The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross in Macedon Regional Park

 

Project benefits


Visitors

Each year, hundreds-of-thousands of people visit the Macedon Regional Park and its memorial cross. This project will reinstate the spectacular views at one of the park’s highest locations.


Community

The local community has strong connections to the Memorial Cross, which is Victoria’s second-most visited war memorial. These works will help to maintain the original views and intent of the site.


Heritage

The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register since 1994. These works will reinstate views to, and from, the cross – an expectation of the site’s heritage covenant. 

 

Project funding

This project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes (DAL) program, which recognises and safeguards landscapes of outstanding environmental and cultural significance.

Project timeline

Subject to assessments, permits and on-ground conditions, this project is expected to start in February or March 2023, and be completed over approximately two weeks. 

 

Environment and cultural heritage management

Thorough environmental, heritage and cultural assessments will be completed prior to any removal of vegetation, with any disturbance kept to a minimum and indigenous shrubs and grasses retained wherever possible.

Only tall re-growth vegetation will be removed, with all other vegetation retained to create a montane grassland with smaller shrubs, herbs and sedges.

All tree root balls will remain in the ground to reduce soil disturbance and prevent erosion. Machinery operators will put measures in place to minimise ground disturbance while moving machinery, without compromising safe work practices. Most debris will be removed from site.

Parks Victoria has completed a detailed planning process to ensure protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage, historical heritage and environmental values around the Memorial Cross.

 

Who are we working with?

Parks Victoria has engaged with key community stakeholders and groups, including the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action; the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, and the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Committee of Management.

 

Access changes

Before visiting any park you should check the relevant park page for any Change of Conditions.

During this project, there is likely to be short periods of time when access to the Memorial Cross is temporarily unavailable. Signage will inform visitors about any changes, in addition to the Parks Victoria website.  

A section of the Macedon Ranges Walking Track between Bawden Road and the Memorial Cross (locally referred to as the ‘Goat Track’) will be closed during the works to ensure the safety of visitors. Parks Victoria advises hikers to start or end their walk at the Harbison’s Picnic Ground.

 

Staying updated

This page will be updated with the latest information about the project.

 

Related information 


 

FAQs

 

What is the plan for removing vegetation and how much will be removed?

Parks Victoria has undertaken significant environmental, historical and cultural assessments as part of the project planning. The project will remove approximately 0.9 Hectare of taller tree-growth.

The works will be undertaken using a range of techniques aimed at minimising ground disturbance, with no excavation planned in the works area. Locally indigenous shrubs and grasses will be retained wherever possible and larger trees that are required to be removed will be lopped at the base to prevent ground disturbance. The vegetation removed will be repurposed where possible in the park as mulch, to reseed areas and as habitat for wildlife. 

How are Snow Gums being managed through the works?

Some re-growth Snow Gums will be removed to allow views to and from the cross and to protect the historical Mount Macedon Memorial Cross during a bushfire. A small number of the total Snow Gum trees in Macedon Regional Park will be impacted.

How are Snow Gums being managed through the works?

Some re-growth Snow Gums will be removed to allow views to and from the cross and to protect the historical Mount Macedon Memorial Cross during a bushfire. A small number of the total Snow Gum trees in Macedon Regional Park will be impacted.

When will the works be undertaken?

Works are expected to commence in February or March and are expected to take up to two weeks, subject to weather conditions, contractor availability and other on-site conditions. Works will be occurring Monday to Friday and will not be scheduled over the weekend and Public Holidays.

How will Parks Victoria minimise the impacts to wildlife?

All Parks Victoria operations are carefully planned and managed to minimise impacts on the landscape, plants and animals. Each morning prior to starting works and during the day at regular intervals, contractors will inspect the work site to prevent impacts to wildlife.

Will there be additional planting during the works?

A tree-less montane grassland is to develop naturally in the project area. Staff will monitor the site to see if additional plantings are beneficial.

What is the future maintenance plan to ensure the view is maintained?

The way the works have been designed, it is expected that the views will require limited annual maintenance because of the vegetation types and the topography of the site 

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