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Majority support for Mount Glen Rock proposal

SOMERSET Regional Council has released the results from a community survey on the draft master plan for the development of Mount Glen Rock at Esk with most respondents in support.

Published: 29th June 2022

SOMERSET Regional Council has released the results from a community survey on the draft master plan for the development of Mount Glen Rock at Esk with most respondents in support.

Council purchased 127 hectares of freehold property on the western face of the mountain in October 2020 with the view of delivering a unique outdoor recreational experience for residents and visitors to Somerset.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor and Chairperson of the Somerset Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee, Councillor Graeme Lehmann said the survey results show the majority support the project, but have some reasonable concerns.”

“Council has received significant feedback to the project. Council has undertaken one of its largest community feedback strategies in recent times to inform this project,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Almost 60% of survey respondents said they were supportive of the proposed plan for the mountain.”

More than 350 people completed the survey.

“It was good to see the community highlight themes of making the region more desirable for young families, promotes healthy living and activity and encouraging people to stay longer within our region,” Cr Lehmann said.

"Council took steps to ensure everyone from the community had an opportunity to have their say. Following the February flooding event and large interest in the project, Council extend the closing date for the survey to 29 April, keeping the survey open for almost three months.

“Council will incorporate the feedback into a revised version of the master plan and will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the development of the project.”

Cr Lehmann also acknowledged some respondents had differing views of the project.

“The survey responses also highlighted community concerns regarding the project, particularly with regards to protecting areas of cultural and ecological significance,” he said.

“Council will continue to investigate these areas, with the assistance of traditional custodians and industry experts, to identify, highlight and protect areas of significance.

“We will endeavour to mitigate any risk with regards to activity on the project sites.

“We are looking forward to delivering a positive outcome for the community.”

Somerset Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee member, Councillor Bob Whalley said he was encouraged by the results.

“These results are a clear indicator of support for the proposed activities. They also highlight additional uses of interest to our community.”

To find out more about the project visit: https://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/mount-glen-rock

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