Bright future beckons for Brambuk
Friday 18 December, 2020
$5.8 million funding to support upgrades
The first steps have been taken in the next phase of Brambuk: The National Park and Cultural Centre, with the precinct’s park information building reopening.
The reopening comes after a four-month transition period of assessments, planning and some minor improvements. Now that the site is opened, a strategic partnership committee of Traditional Owner corporations will guide the future operation of this important cultural site.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation form the committee with Parks Victoria, which is working to reinvigorate Brambuk so it delivers long-term benefits to Traditional Owners, the local community, the tourism industry and visitors to Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park.
This process has received a $5.8 million boost from the Victorian State Budget 2021, an investment that will upgrade buildings, including the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, refresh activity spaces for visitors, and develop new environmental and cultural programs.
Opened in 1990 as a hub for cultural learning, interpretation and indigenous training, Brambuk currently consists of a Cultural Centre, park information centre and Parks Victoria office.
Over the coming years, Brambuk will be further developed as a place of cultural strengthening and renewal for Traditional Owners, who have occupied the lands known as ‘Gariwerd’ for tens-of-thousands of years.
With visitation to the region growing, Brambuk will play a central role in welcoming visitors to the Gariwerd cultural landscape. In the future, visitors will be able to learn more about the incredible natural and cultural values of the area and enjoy a new cultural program of guided experiences delivered by Traditional Owners
Brambuk will also be a key launching point for people walking the world-class Grampians Peaks Trail. Scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021, the 160km walk will offer a unique opportunity to experience Gariwerd.
Quote attributable to Marcus Clarke, CEO, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation:
“Coming into a busy tourism period, we are delighted that the Gariwerd precinct’s park information building is reopening.
The announcement of a funding injection is extremely welcome – it will support the reinvigoration of Brambuk, enrich visitors’ cultural experiences and enhance employment opportunities for community.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation is looking forward to co-designing the business model and Aboriginal Tourism offering afforded through Brambuk alongside Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Michael Stewart, CEO, Barengi Gadjin Land Council:
"The new funding provides a great opportunity for Traditional Owners to work together with Parks Victoria to refresh the cultural stories and experiences at Brambuk to reflect the significance of the Gariwerd cultural landscape.
The upgrade will also reinforce Brambuk's position as the gateway for visitors to learn about the diverse cultures of First Nations Peoples across Western Victoria and the breadth of their cultural heritage."
Quote attributable to Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation:
“Our community welcomes the investment into the Brambuk precinct and experience.
Our communities have been a part of Brambuk since its inception and the new works will build on the past 30 years of cultural experiences that millions of visitors have enjoyed at Brambuk and in the Gariwerd cultural landscape.”
Quotes attributable to Jason Borg, Regional Director–Parks Victoria:
“We’re in a significant phase of the Grampians/Gariwerd landscape, with a long-term management plan under development, a world-class walking experience nearing completion, and a strong and expanding partnership with Traditional Owners of these lands.”
“Key to that partnership is ensuring Brambuk stands proudly as a symbol for Traditional Owner culture and connection, and as a place where visitors from all over the world can learn more about this remarkable part of Victoria.”