Draft Tower Hill plan overreaches

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says the State Government’s draft plan for Tower Hill doesn’t reflect the community’s key desires for the site.

She said while noting the plan was still in its draft form, it seemed to aim high, despite the overwhelming view of the community to make slight improvements.

Ms Britnell said there’s no denying Tower Hill needs some love and attention.

“But what the Government has proposed here is a bit too much love,” she said.

“People who have spoken to me have raised a handful of key issues – increased maintenance of the walking tracks, improved management of weeds and pests, improved visitor facilities like toilets, an improved visitor and cultural centre, picnic areas and possibly some new trails for walking and mountain biking.

“The number one issue has always been the safety of the entrance, but the plan to fix it is light on detail.

“No one has ever said let’s build an eco-lodge on the crater rim or a function room in the crater. My sense from the discussions I’ve had as the local MP for the past 5 years is that the desire is to make a few improvements, but to mostly leave it alone.”

Ms Britnell said there was no need to dream big to get fantastic results at Tower Hill.

“We have a wonderful natural attraction that can be significantly improved with some new infrastructure and better maintenance and management,” she said.

“Worn Gundij are doing a fantastic job running tours and providing an indigenous cultural experience – enabling them to enhance that experience further is what will attract international tourists.

“The bones are already there, we just need to put some flesh on them to enhance the whole experience at tower hill and deliver a fantastic natural attraction that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.”

Ms Britnell encouraged people to have their say on the draft plan via the Engage Victoria website.

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