New Tower Hill facilities

TOWER Hill’s picnic area is likely to have shelters and improved barbecue facilities by next summer after an enthusiastic response to a proposed masterplan.

It has been at least 10 years since the popular picnic area adjacent to the visitor centre has had a makeover, so Parks Victoria proposed a few modern touches.

A draft masterplan  unveiled on Sunday   produced encouraging feedback, according to Parks Victoria Warrnambool manager Ben Hammond.

“We’ll take it on board and update the draft soon,” he said.

“The highest priorities are relocating the barbecue and adding another one and installing two shelters.

“We hope to have that work done by next summer.

“Our discussions with Friends of Tower Hill on Sunday included the shelters and car parking improvements.

“International visitors also gave us their thoughts and asked for more information on walking tracks.” 

One local resident told The Standard yesterday she thought more emphasis should be placed on keeping the extinct volcano reserve cleaner.

“There’s too much rubbish around,” she said.

However, Mr Hammond said he did not consider it a major issue because most people respected the area and did not litter.

“Everyone benefits when people do the right thing,” he said. 

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