City releases draft Management Plan for Victoria Hill Reserve for community comment
The City of Greater Bendigo has developed a draft Management Plan for the historic Victoria Hill Diggings Reserve located at 40-56 Marong Road, Ironbark which is now available for comment on the City’s Let’s Talk website https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/victoria-hill
until Friday April 29, 2022.
Victoria Hill Diggings Reserve is Crown Land and listed on the Victorian Heritage Register because of its historical, archaeological and scientific heritage significance to the State of Victoria. The heritage listing covers the entire reserve, including all above-ground structures, granite and brick mining machinery foundations, concrete battery foundations and stamping machinery, mullock heaps, open cut and surface workings and all archaeological deposits and artefacts.
The City of Greater Bendigo is the Land Administrator for the reserve and the Draft Victoria Hill Management Plan sets out to:
1. Understand built and non-built assets (register, condition, etc)
2. Define current service levels for the reserve
3. Identify gaps and improvement in activities.
City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Brian Westley said in addition to setting out the day to day operations and maintenance levels for the reserve, the draft plan has identified opportunities for improvement at the site relating to poor profile/visibility, accessibility, vandalism, erosion and safety to increase usage and reduce risks.
“Due to the reserve’s historic usage there can be movement in the mine shafts causing collapses or sink holes and bollard and rail fencing has been installed in some areas to limit access to steep areas and obvious mine shafts for public safety,” Mr Westley said.
“Fencing could also be extended to improve safety and make the site more secure. While better entrance signage is another way of raising the reserve’s profile.
“Due to the steep grade of the site there are erosion issues at the site due to overland water. However, this is something that could be improved with better drainage and reprofiling.
“Unfortunately, the City’s ability to address these issues may be limited due to resources and the fact that permits are required for any significant works occur at the site due to its heritage listing.
“Victoria Hill is a very significant historical reserve for Greater Bendigo and it’s important to have a plan to maintain it for the future.
“The City would like to know what members of the community think about the draft Management Plan and I encourage all interested residents to visit the Let’s Talk website and provide their feedback by Friday April 29, 2022.”
About Victoria Hill Diggings Reserve
- Victoria Hill lies at the heart of Bendigo's historical status as the world's richest and deepest gold field.
- The reserve features open cuts (Ballerstedt’s, Rae’s and Adventure & Advance), buried deep mine shafts (including Lansell’s 180, 3361 feet deep; Victoria Quartz, 4613 feet deep, and Great Central Victoria, 2385 feet deep), mining machinery (including 20-head of stamps), machinery foundations (including engine beds at Lansell’s 180 mine), and mullock heaps.
- During its 97 years of operation, the Victoria Hill mine yielded about $8bn worth of gold in today’s values and was the deepest mine in the world at 4,613 feet.
- The Victoria Hill mine appeared on Australia’s first pound note printed in 1913.