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FRIENDS

OF 

McPHILLAMY PARK

 

Mt Panorama - Wahluu

McPhillamy Park - keep it for the people!

The Friends of McPhillamy Park are dedicated to the preservation of McPhillamy Park on Mt Panorama - Wahluu as a park for the people.

The Park is located in Bathurst’s most unique and spectacular location – the summit of Mount Panorama.  It is the must-visit place to take in the awe-inspiring vistas of Bathurst and surrounding countryside.

McPhillamy Park was gifted by the McPhillamy family in 1938 as a public park for the whole community and future generations to enjoy. It is a grand place that holds much of Bathurst’s unique heritage: geological, environmental and cultural.

Save McPhillamy Park!

No Karts on top of the Mount!

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McPhillamy Park on Mt Panorama/Wahluu is a special place for so many.  It is the highest point in Bathurst, with sweeping views over the landscape. 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Bathurst Regional Council wants to hand over the peace of our park to a single sporting club for its private use. 

Wasn't McPhillamy Park donated so it could be enjoyed by everybody??....Not just a few.

You can help stop this.  Find out more

A Vision for McPhillamy Park

on top of Mount Panorama/Wahluu

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McPhillamy Park - a place for all the people

Celebrating our natural environment

Respecting our Indigenous and

non-Indigenous cultural heritage

Wahluu - Wiradyuri country

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"The connection between the Wiradyuri people and Wahluu is rather unique, with many creation stories shining a light on the mountain’s cultural significance."

“We need to get the name Wahluu out to everybody in Bathurst in order to understand the mountain’s importance as a place of ceremony,” Wiradyuri elder Dinawan Dyrribang [Bill Allen] said.

Western Advocate

23 November 2018 

Gift of the McPhillamy Family

Parkland donated by Walter J McPhillamy

McPhillamy Park was gifted by the McPhillamy family in 1938 as a public park for the whole community and future generations to enjoy. 

I’m still a Bathurstian at heart, have many fond memories of The Mount, including the wonderful views from McPhillamy Park. The Park was donated by my relatives for all the citizens of the city along with visitors, and not a select group. The park needs to be maintained and beautified for ALL!

(The Rev’d) Christopher F.

Save Mount Panorama petition

Nature's gift

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Take in the sensational panoramic views

of the countryside. 

Marvel at the beauty of the sunsets.

Appreciate the quiet under the trees. 

Listen for the birds. 

Gallery

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Browse through the photos in our gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

Send us the Friends of McPhillamy Park your  favourite photos of Mt Panorama/Wahluu 

LATEST NEWS

BATHURST REGIONAL COUNCIL REJECTS MOTION TO PROTECT THE WHOLE OF McPHILLAMY PARK

Friends of McPhillamy Park had high hopes that, at the July Council meeting, there would be some progress in our commitment to the restoration of McPhillamy Park.

The motion moved by Councillors Jennings  supported by Councillors Rudge, Morse and Fry, sought to:

  • Formerly recognise the 10 acres gifted by Mrs McPhillamy as public parkland

  • Reclassify ‘Mrs McPhillamy’s land’ as public open space (community land – not operational land) and be confirmed as forming part of McPhillamy Park

  • Develop an appropriate Masterplan Vision and Conservation Management Plan

  • Re-open the ‘fenced off’ Park to the public.

  • Respect the culture of Wahluu-Mt Panorama..

 

Despite all the recent talk from some councillors and the new Mayor that there was a commitment to “healing”, we ended up with the same old result. The five councillors who have taken every opportunity to ignore the wishes of the community friends of McPhillamy Park, did so again.

 

With the usual grandstanding and misrepresentation, they voted against the motion, and failed the opportunity for this Council to respond to the desire of so many in the community.

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Rachel Anne

Some candidates for the 4 December Bathurst Regional Council elections have indicated in their campaign material that they will move or support moves to achieve the protection, restoration of McPhillamy Park including the proper legal designation of Mrs McPhillamy's land.

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Catherine Woolfrey

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Catherine Woolfrey

THE FRIENDS OF McPHILLAMY PARK WELCOME THE SECTION 10 PROTECTION OF THE ABORIGINAL HERITAGE SITE ON MT PANORAMA/WAHLUU

From media release by the Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley

 

Minister Ley has made a declaration to protect an area on Mount Panorama/Wahluu under section 10 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (ATSIHP Act).

 

The declaration protects the site from the proposed construction of buildings and significant earthworks (including the type required for a proposed go kart track), while also protecting the existing public use of the land for recreation, camping and as open space.

 

“I am satisfied that the area identified at the top of Mount Panorama/Wahluu, one that helps define the iconic shape of the mountain top, is culturally significant and should be protected under the ATSIHP Act,” Minister Ley said.