Parks Victoria seeking Gariwerd Traditional Owners to guide visitors on the Grampians Peaks Trail

Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Parks Victoria, in partnership with Traditional Owners from Gariwerd, are seeking Gariwerd Traditional Owners who would be interested in a career opportunity to guide visitors on overnight walks on the Grampians Peaks Trail.

The Grampians region has more than 80 per cent of Victoria's rock art sites and the largest number in southern Australia. International and domestic visitors are interested to learn about local Aboriginal cultures and this is a great opportunity for Traditional Owners to share stories about their traditional cultural practices and their connections with the Gariwerd landscape.

The Grampians Peaks Trail is a world-class walking experience of 160km that can be experienced in sections, or as one 13-day journey. It will showcase the beauty and majesty of the Grampians National Park’s natural and cultural landscapes.

There will be a variety of experiences on offer including hikes for day walkers, opportunities for school groups, the long distance walk for independent walkers as well as a number of fully facilitated walks opening the trail up to people with a range of hiking abilities.

One of the key hiking experiences on the Grampians Peaks Trail will be the Edge of Gariwerd experience, in the northern rugged and remote landscape of the Grampians National Park.

Edge of Gariwerd will be a fully guided and facilitated 3-days/2-night experience from Dead Bullock Creek to Halls Gap. Guests will stay in overnight demountable accommodation at hiker camps, with food and shuttle transfer services included.

Along with sharing their cultural knowledge, the Gariwerd Rangers will have the opportunity to be involved in caring for Country. They will commence in March with on the job training and will guide visitors from September.

Quote attributed to Gavan Mathieson, District Manager, Parks Victoria:

“We’re on the look out for Gariwerd Traditional Owners who are passionate about caring for Country and sharing culture, enjoy interacting with people, love being in the outdoors and who are a team player. Everyone interested is invited to come out on Country to learn more about the job and ask any questions.”

Quote attributed to Denis Rose, Acting CEO, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation:

“This initiative is one that we’ve been working to put in place for a while - creating jobs on Country for our mob so they can share our culture with visitors to Gariwerd and help to manage Country at the same time. It’s a fantastic career opportunity.”

Quote attributed to Michael Stewart, CEO, Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a proud and passionate Traditional Owner to practice and teach visitors about Culture. We are very supportive of these roles’ potential to realise Traditional Owner aspirations in recognition and continuation of cultural practice.” 

Quote attributed to Jamie Lowe, CEO, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation:

“The Eastern Maar are pleased to be partnering with Parks Victoria and other Gariwerd Traditional Owners in this unique opportunity. The Gariwerd Rangers will enable successful applicants to live and work in one of the most spiritual and culturally significant places in Victoria with some of Australia’s oldest known rock art.“

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