Bald Hill (Stage 3)
This project will see the installation of 1000+ steps winding their way along the existing walking track to the top of Bald Hill, enhancing opportunities for exercise and recreation, and creating new spaces for artistic expression.
Council has been successful in securing grants for Stages 1 and 2 of the 1000+ Steps project, with construction of the 1000+ steps and an all abilities accessibility trail at Telford Park scheduled for completion during 2022.
We now turn our attention to wider plans to expand the project to include a new carpark and all abilities sculpture loop trail at the summit of Bald Hill to take advantage of the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views at the site and to become a major visitor attraction for Bacchus Marsh. This is Stage 3 of the project, that requires funding.
The proposed uses for Bald Hill as a complete project include cycle trails, walking trails and an adventure park, plus spaces for events, picnics, and food and beverage offerings. The revitalisation of this natural asset into a fully-fledged eco-tourism experience is estimated to attract about 347,000 visitors annually when all stages are complete, including 195,088 visitors from outside the residential catchment, and 152,111 from within the catchment.
The project will provide employment for 43 people and generate $3.3 million in economic activity.
From a tourism perspective, the activation of Bald Hill aligns with the objectives of the State Government’s Visitor Economy Strategy by contributing to a number of priority areas identified, including building on the tourism potential for regional and rural Victoria, better tourism infrastructure and improved access into and around Victoria.