Munibung Hill Management Plan

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Council adopted the Munibung Hill Management Plan on 11 April 2022. You can view the Council report here.

The adopted Plan can be found on Council's strategies and plans website.

The purpose of the Plan is to provide a framework for future use and management of Munibung Hill over the next ten years. 

Two key documents were on public exhibition at the end of 2021:

  • Munibung Hill Draft Management Plan
  • Munibung Hill Draft Concept Plan.

Exhibition closed 20 December 2021.

Council adopted the Munibung Hill Management Plan on 11 April 2022. You can view the Council report here.

The adopted Plan can be found on Council's strategies and plans website.

The purpose of the Plan is to provide a framework for future use and management of Munibung Hill over the next ten years. 

Two key documents were on public exhibition at the end of 2021:

  • Munibung Hill Draft Management Plan
  • Munibung Hill Draft Concept Plan.

Exhibition closed 20 December 2021.

  • Draft plan sets out future for Lake Mac’s best-kept secret

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    New track heads would be established in Macquarie Hills and Speers Point to access the landmark Munibung Hill precinct and capitalise on the area’s spectacular 360-degree views under a draft management plan.

    The draft Munibung Hill Management Plan provides a framework and actions for Lake Macquarie City Council to maintain and enhance the precinct over the next 10 years.

    Manager Community Assets Brendan Callander said the draft plan and accompanying draft Concept Plan focused on protecting Munibung Hill’s natural and cultural values while making it more accessible to the community.

    “This is about finding the balance between protecting, managing and restoring areas of high value and ensuring people can access the site freely and safely,” he said.

    “Anyone who has made the climb to the top would agree this is one of the Hunter Region’s best-kept secrets. The views of the lake, the Watagans and across the city’s suburbs are incredible.”

    The draft management plan covers about 130ha of land adjoining Macquarie Hills, Boolaroo, Speers Point, Warners Bay and Lakelands.

    It proposes new track heads off Blaxland Road in Macquarie Hills, and off Quarry Road in Speers Point.

    Mr Callander said each site allowed for off-road parking and facilities like picnic tables, signage and toilets.

    “We’re planning to upgrade the tracks to and along the main north-south ridge crest from these trail heads,” he said.

    “They’ll be designed to provide safe access for walkers and other passive recreation.”

    The management plan sets out 15 key objectives to be achieved over the next 10 years, including:

    • Making walking tracks safe and stable
    • Protecting Aboriginal cultural values and ecological communities
    • Restricting vehicle access to essential services and emergency vehicles
    • Ensure activities provide public benefits, not private benefits
    • Increasing the number of people visiting the area

    “We’ve undertaken community consultation to develop this draft plan, but we’re really keen to get some further feedback now it’s on exhibition,” Mr Callander said.

    The draft Munibung Hill Management Plan and separate draft Concept Plan will be on public exhibition until 20 December.

    An in-person information session will be held at Council’s Speers Point administration building 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday 24 November, with an online session scheduled for 1-2pm Tuesday 30 November.

    Registrations for both sessions are essential, and attendees at the in-person event must have proof of double COVID vaccination.

    Go to lakemac.com.au for more information.

  • Management plan underway to map out Munibung Hill’s future

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    A new management plan under development for Munibung Hill and adjoining slopes will map out the future for one of the most spectacular but least-visited sites in Lake Macquarie.


    Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking community input to create the new plan, which will seek a balance between protecting, managing and restoring areas of high importance on Munibung Hill, and providing safe public access and recreation opportunities.


    Manager Assets Management Brendan Callander said the plan would need to consider Munibung Hill’s unique natural character and cultural significance, as well as environmental hazards and community desires.


    “This is a site with incredible potential,” he said.


    “The 360-degree views stretch across the lake to the coast, all the way up to Port Stephens and across to the Watagans.”


    “So the potential is there to create something really special for the community, but public access to Munibung Hill is difficult due to a lack of safe formal access.”


    Council-owned land on Munibung Hill is bordered by the former Pasminco land on one side, and residential development in Warners Bay, Lakelands and Boolaroo.


    Mr Callander said Umwelt Australia had been engaged to develop a draft management plan, with a study area including the southern parts of Speers Point and Warners Bay, and parts of Lakelands, Boolaroo and Macquarie Hills bordering Munibung Hill.


    “We need to weigh up any options with costs, environmental impacts and how it might work in with the surrounding community,” he said.


    “We need community input into what they’d like to see on Munibung Hill and how they’d like it to be used.”


    “We’d also love to hear from people who have memories of how the area was used historically.”


    Munibung Hill’s historical significance dates to pre-European settlement, when the Awabakal people used it as a source of ochre.


    After European settlement, its natural spring was a stop-off point for travellers. Large sections of the hill were later quarried for gravel.


    Go to shape.lakemac.com.au to have your say.


    A draft management plan is expected to go on public exhibition later this year, with further feedback sought from the community.