Plans afoot for Blackguard Gully

Input: Hilltops council will seek community input into their Conservation Management Plan for Blackguard Gully. Picture: Rebecca Hewson.

Input: Hilltops council will seek community input into their Conservation Management Plan for Blackguard Gully. Picture: Rebecca Hewson.

Hilltops council will seek community input into their Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Blackguard Gully.

The Council is looking to put a CMP in place so that the values of Blackguard Gully are retained for future use and appreciation.

A report was compiled by Ray Christison of High Ground Consulting for the Hilltops Council.

Mr Christison said Blackguard Gully is of high heritage significance to Young.

"It is the site of the worst riots against Chinese miners in Australian history," he said.

"It also has an association with miners of various nationalities who prospected there in the 1860s."

The CMP recommends the Council put in place several measures to preserve the site.

Amongst those recommendations are restricting motor vehicle access to the precinct, revoking access to fossicking, developing alternate parking and pedestrian access and to plan conservation works.

Council's director of sustainable growth Sharon Langman said the CMP together with an adopted Plan of Management (POM) will provide specific direction to Council on the care and management of the Blackguard Gully area as well as specific guidance with regards to management, conservation and future reuse of the site.

"The site will be categorised as general community use with the core objectives of promoting, encouraging and providing for the use of the land to meet the current and future needs of the local community and of the wider public," she said.

"It is envisaged that Council will seek community input on the plan of management through a small community reference group. 

"That group will be responsible for providing input into the design and management of the site from a community perspective as well as assisting Council with promoting the site.

"After a period of public display where the public is able to provide comments and submissions on the plan, the plan will come back to Council for final ratification."

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