Have your say on the future of the Grampians
Tuesday 20 August, 2019
People who love the Grampians now have an opportunity to shape its future by providing ideas and information into the Grampians Landscape Management Plan, with workshop and listening posts throughout September.
The Grampians landscape is a haven for wildlife and native plants of incredible diversity, an ancient land of irreplaceable cultural places that are thousands of years old. It is also one of Victoria’s most popular destinations, with more than one million people visiting each year to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Workshops and listening posts will be held in Halls Gap, Dunkeld, Laharum, Moyston, Dadswells Bridge and Cavendish, and also in Melbourne.
These face-to-face sessions are an opportunity for people to learn about the management plan process; explore the challenges of managing this unique landscape; share knowledge about using, living near, managing and connecting with the landscape; and provide input on key decisions.
The management plan will underpin strategic planning for the next 15 years for the Grampians National Park and surrounding parks and reserves and will provide a framework for environmental conservation; cultural heritage and protection of Aboriginal rock art; recreational activities; tourism opportunities; visitor safety and experience; and fire, and water catchment management.
Developed in partnership with Traditional Owners, the plan will be informed by the experiences and views of local communities, recreational groups, tourism bodies, and other interested people.
Details are available online: https://engage.vic.gov.au/grampians-management-plan
People can use the online platform to RSVP for a workshop, learn more about the Grampians landscape, see a timeline for development of the management plan, and register their interest in future engagement opportunities.
Following the September consultation period, a draft plan will be prepared and submitted to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in mid-2020. There will be opportunities for further feedback on the draft plan in the second half of 2020.
Quotes attributable to Simon Talbot, Chief Operating Office–Parks Victoria:
“The Grampians landscape is one of Victoria’s most precious environmental and cultural places, and a world-famous destination for millions of people.”
“Since the 2003 plan was developed, fires and floods have dramatically change the landscape, and the threat from invasive species of animals and weeds has grown. The number of visitors to the area, and the activities they undertake, has also changed, requiring new management strategies developed in partnership with Traditional Owners.”
“To ensure this special landscape is protected for future generations to enjoy, we’ll be developing a contemporary plan that guides how we respond to current and emerging challenges, and sets a framework for exploring future opportunities.”
“We want to hear from as many different people as possible so I encourage anyone with an interest in the Grampians landscape to get involved.”