Why are we developing a Management Plan for Munibung Hill?

    Council has begun preparations for a new draft Management Plan for Munibung Hill. The purpose of the Management Plan is to provide a framework for the future use and management of Munibung Hill.

    The Management Plan will help us ensure future use and management of lands within the study area reflects the social, economic, cultural and environmental values of the area.

    The framework will reflect Munibung Hill’s unique natural character, cultural values, environmental hazards, and community needs and aspirations.  

    We are undertaking a study of the area to assess the environmental and social considerations. It is also important that community knowledge and ideas are understood  and will be used to develop a concept plan for future use and management.

    The draft management plan will include:

    • An understanding of current uses of Munibung Hill and the community’s needs and aspirations for future uses 
    • An understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, social and environmental values associated with Munibung Hill.
    • Site constraints, including topography and health and safety considerations. 
    • Recommendations for possible infrastructure inclusions, such as access routes and facilities.

    What is a Management Plan?

    A Management Plan provides a framework for Council to maintain and enhance a particular area. It sets a scope for future planning, use and activities for the site.

    What area will the Management Plan cover?

    The scope of the Management Plan study area includes the southern areas of Speers Point and Warners Bay, east towards the rear of Lakelands, the western area inclusive of Boolaroo, and the northern section of the precinct in Macquarie Hills.

    Does this mean Munibung Hill will be developed for housing?

    No, Council’s objective is to provide a framework for the future use and management of Munibung Hill. The framework will seek a balance between protecting, managing and restoring areas of high ecological, scientific, cultural and aesthetic values, while facilitating safe public access and recreation.  The framework will need to account for Munibung Hill’s unique natural character, cultural values, environmental hazards, and community desires.

    How will the community be consulted on the development of the Plan?

    Broad community consultation on the development of a draft Management Plan is occurring between 22 March - 12 April, 2021.

    Targeted meetings will also occur with community groups, landowners and Indigenous groups to develop the draft Plan.

    Once the draft Plan is developed, a report will go to Council recommending that the Management Plan be place on public exhibition. The community will then have an opportunity to review the draft Plan and provide feedback later this year.

    Why is my property included in Munibung Hill site?

    Munibung Hill land owners, which are determined by the natural boundary (escarpment) of Munibung Hill, have been identified as key stakeholders for this project. Property owners have been contacted and have the opportunity to discuss the project with Umwelt Australia (project consultants).

    Who is Umwelt Australia?

    We have engaged Umwelt Australia to help us review opportunities and constraints of the site and identify possible future uses for the Munibung Hill Precinct. The feedback received by Umwelt Australia will be used to guide the development of the Munibung Hill Management Plan.