Community shows its love for Mount Noorat

Published on 18 February 2019

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An overwhelming response from the community will help shape the future of Mount Noorat. More than 200 people replied to a survey that will help guide the development of the Mount Noorat Management Plan.

“The Mount Noorat Management Committee and Corangamite Shire would like to thank everyone who participated in the community survey for the development of the first Mount Noorat Management Plan,” committee chairperson Chris O’Connor said.

“There was an overwhelming response to the survey, with 215 people completing the survey in both online and paper form. This response highlights that Mount Noorat is a valued place to many in the Noorat and wider communities of the region and that its future management is something that many wish to contribute to.”

Community members also gave feedback on the plan at an information tent at the 2018 Noorat Show, an information session in Noorat and street-engagement in Terang.

The feedback will help the committee develop the vision, objectives and actions for future management of the dormant volcano and adjoining land which was bequeathed to the Shire.

Key themes:

  • Top five reasons to visit: views; exercise; peace and quiet; to be in nature; and geology and natural history.
  • People are interested in learning more about Mount Noorat, particularly it's Aboriginal, geological, natural and European history.
  • The walking tracks are highly valued and well used. About two-thirds of survey respondents visit the viewing platform and the summit on every visit. About one-third use the crater rim walk on every visit.
  • To improve the walking tracks, respondents indicated they would like more information, more rest points, improved surfaces and more planting for shade and amenity.