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More Shows For Hanging Rock

Plans are moving to make Hanging Rock a regular venue for major concerts. After shows there by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Leonard Cohen proved a boom to the local economy, the Macedon Ranges Shire Council has signalled it wants more.

Last week, Council voted to sign a five-year deal with a concert promoter.

 

The idea of holding shows there came from Michael Gudinski, who has a country retreat in the area, and wanted something picturesque like Red Rocks in America where U2, John Butler Trio and Mumford & Sons recorded videos.

 

Through Gudinski’s Frontier Touring, a trial began three years ago. An economic impact study by Council found that Springsteen’s two shows, which drew 34,000, injected $9.7 million, and Stewart’s about $2.3 million. In the study, businesses and residents voted overwhelmingly  for concerts.

The internationally known site is about to get a $4.3 million upgrade, helped last month by a $2 million grant from the Federal Government. Aside from concerts, Hanging Rock will be set up markets and other tourist-attractions. Mayor Cr Roger Jukes said the upgrades included two new visitor shelters, the supply of electricity, water and informal lighting to the main reserve and picnic grounds, improved pedestrian access and car parking, with plans to improve wildlife corridors and habitat. These will inject $22 million into the region over the next ten years and create ten equivalent full time jobs annually.