Eastern Hill is located to the east of the Albury CBD and allows for impressive views of Lake Hume and the Kiewa Valley from the ridgeline. Linked with Mungabareena Reserve by the Hume and Hovell Walking track, the area is regularly used by bushwalkers and trail runners, mountain bikers and visitors to our region.

In early 2022, consultation was undertaken to ask the community how they use the area, and what they see as key opportunities to enhance this popular location.

The consultation found that many people enjoy Eastern Hill for walking, and to a lesser extent bike riding. The scenic views, walking trails, bushland setting, and lookout were identified as great features of the area.

Many people also remarked that trails are uneven, poorly marked and overgrown, which created barriers to access. Public amenities and revegetation in areas were also identified as needing attention.

The Draft Eastern Hill Activation Master Plan was developed taking into consideration this feedback from the community, to activate the space for everyone to enjoy. Proposed upgrades include:

  • Improvements to traffic safety on East Street
  • Enhancements to the entry experience
  • Upgrades to the track surface, drainage and access including boardwalks, steps and handrails
  • Improvements to the Rotary and Trig Point Lookouts including new public amenities, seating, shelters and BBQ areas
  • Creation of a small network of Mountain Bike Trails
  • Track realignment and development of additional pathways
  • Creation of a tank art trail
  • Interpretive and wayfinding signage
  • Revegetation... and more.

View the Draft Eastern Hill Activation Master Plan here.

The draft plan was put back out to the community for feedback in August 2022. An independent consultant has been engaged to review and evaluate all submissions.

In April 2023, Council endorsed a review of the plan by a Community Advisory Panel. The panel will bring together community members from key stakeholder interest groups including the Access Committee, Sustainability Advisory Committee, Albury Rotary Club, Friends of Eastern Hill Community Group, Albury Wodonga Mountain Bikers, Mungabareena Aboriginal Place Management Group, Youth Council, and two AlburyCity Councillors.

Representatives will meet fortnightly for a period of up to three months where they will review key elements in the draft plan, discuss differing views, share opinions, and identify potential solutions.

The resulting recommendations will then be presented to Council for further consideration, acknowledging technical expertise will be required to refine the designs.

Upgraded Rotary Lookout

Upgraded Rotary Lookout

New Trig Point Viewing Area

New Trig Point Viewing Area

We welcome your feedback on the DRAFT Eastern Hill Activation Master Plan. Submissions will be received until 5:00 pm Tuesday 04 October 2022 and can be submitted via the form above or addressed to:

City Landscapes, PO Box 323 Albury NSW 2640 or info@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

Submissions are not confidential. Submissions, summaries of submissions, and/or names and addresses of people making submissions may be included in publicly available reports to Council and Council's website.

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