Black Renewing Black Hill Lookout
WORKS on the Black Hill Lookout Car Park Reconstruction Project are underway with completion scheduled for mid-April. The project will improve access, car parking and public safety at Ballarat’s best lookout area and will benefit locals, tourists and mountain bike riders visiting the area.
Works include: Construction of 24 carparks including a disabled bay, bus turnaround and parking area; Removal of the existing lookout mound to improve public safety; Removal of 17 senescent pine trees and replacement tree planting; Pedestrian paths; Fencing. The existing bronze directional marker at the lookout will be stored and re-used as part of a future viewing platform.
Ballarat City Council funded the $200,000 project in the City of Ballarat 2015/16 Budget and it was a popular project on its Budget Priority Projects Survey last year. Local contractor, Ballarat Excavation and Transport, were awarded the tender and are completing the works. The lookout is a construction site with no access for traffic until completed. This project is part of the approved Black Hill Reserve Master Plan adopted by the City of Ballarat in December 2014 following extensive community consultation. Early this year, works were undertaken to remove large pine trees growing into the power lines on Chisholm Street frontage and the thinning and removal of pine seedlings and regrowth through native revegetation areas north of the lookout area.
Improving the management of vegetation was one of the community’s highest priorities for the Reserve and these works have helped to open up views and improve passive surveillance. The Black Hill Reserve Master Plan also features future opportunities for a new viewing platform with interpretive signage, public toilets, and BBQ and picnic facilities.