Hansen partnership http://www.hansenpartnership.com.au/ has been appointed to oversee the development of the Halls Gap Village Centre Action Plan.
They are one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary planning and design consultancies, serving both the public and private sectors and the broader region. They have a considerable record of accomplishment on strategic projects of metropolitan and regional importance and understand planning for regional and rural areas, townships and growth areas.
The project team comprises of Director – Urban Design Craig Czarny http://www.hansenpartnership.com.au/our-team/craig-czarny/ and Urban Planner Jane Keddie http://www.hansenpartnership.com.au/our-team/jane-keddie/.
MacKenzie Falls Gorge Trail, Grampians National Park
This award-winning project moulds innovation with a back-to-basics approach to deliver a bold design solution and enhanced visitor experience for one of Australia’s largest waterfalls, located within the Grampians National Park, Victoria. Hansen Partnership was engaged by Parks Victoria to prepare a concept plan for the MacKenzie Falls Precinct, under their flood recovery program after the destruction of a key footbridge in early 2012.
The remoteness of the site and lack of base data meant we had to rely on more basic, hands-on techniques such as on-site visual mapping and photo assessment, which in turn contributed to the delivery of a highly site-specific response.
Hansen’s design included the realignment of the MacKenzie Falls Trail Path and a new footbridge crossing the MacKenzie River. The path alignment identified a more appropriate and interesting route and features a newly aligned footbridge and expanded mesh walkways that are better integrated with the natural surroundings.
Hansen’s sensitive design approach resulted in the delivery of a sound framework for the ongoing management of the area, balancing increased visitor traffic with conservation and preservation requirements.
Construction of the new trail and footbridge was completed in mid-2013.