$1.5 million plans for Mt Buffalo Gorge visitor area
A $ 1.5million project to improve the Gorge visitor area at Mt Buffalo is expected to be completed next summer.
Works are well under way in a bid to rejuvenate the visitors’ experience while Parks Victoria recently released draft plans for the project and is seeking feedback on certain proposals.
The biggest addition will be an upgrade to the existing all- abilities lookout, with proposed features including glass walls, a section of glass flooring and a canopy roof for all-weather viewing.
Interpretive and directional signage is also set for an upgrade along with car and coach parking.
Parks Victoria is also considering options for the provision of a food and beverage offering within the Gorge Day Visitor Area.
In 2015 when then Environment Minister Lisa Neville announced $ 2.8 million would be spent on the chalet, a package for the Gorge area was outlined.
“Works at the Gorge Day Visitor Area will reinvigorate the site for new and existing visitors,” Parks Victoria regional director of Eastern Victoria Graeme Baxter said.
“The popular Mount Buffalo National Park is home to some of Victoria’s most spectacular landscapes with rich natural, cultural and social history.
“Making this special place more accessible than ever before will ensure it remains an icon for generations to come.”
The project will be con- ducted in two main phases with the earthworks, car park improvements and an upgrade to the toilet facilities already taking place.
The second phase will begin in spring and see the renovation of the lookout and establishment of a food and drink offering.
Parks Victoria welcomes feedback on the general appearance of the various design elements including the configuration of a picnic area and a marquee space for events near the heritage shelter.
Ideas on the design of park furniture, interpretive signage appearance, and path alignment fine tuning is also being sought.
Plans will be displayed at Parks Victoria offices at Bright and Mt Buffalo until March 16.