Consultation closing on draft Gariwerd plan
Tuesday 19 January, 2021
People with an interest in how the Gariwerd landscape is managed for the next 15 years can provide their feedback on a draft management plan until 24 January 2021.
Released for public submissions on 11 November 2020, the draft Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan sets out proposed strategies to celebrate and protect the cultural landscape, safeguard and restore its environmental values, and provide sustainable opportunities for a range of activities.
Developed by Parks Victoria and Traditional Owner corporations following community consultation, the draft plan proposes management strategies for the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, Black Range State Park and some other nearby reserves. These strategies include environmental conservation, cultural heritage protection, fire and emergency management, public safety, recreation, visitation, and tourism.
To answer questions about the plan, Parks Victoria staff held five online public information sessions during November and December last year, and three drop-in sessions in Laharum, Dunkeld and Halls Gap this month.
At local drop-in sessions, participants were interested in fire management strategies; Traditional Owner partnerships; local business opportunities from the Grampians Peaks Trail; the proposal to conduct research on reintroducing native and culturally significant animals; and the management of visitors in the busy central corridor of the national park.
With consultation soon closing, people are encouraged to visit Engage Victoria to view the plan and provide feedback.
All submissions will be considered as part of developing a final management plan, which will be submitted to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for review.
Quotes attributable to Jason Borg, Regional Director–Parks Victoria:
“The draft Greater Gariwerd Landscape Management Plan proposes a range of initiatives to protect, conserve, celebrate and enjoy this special landscape.
Gariwerd is much more than its dramatic peaks – it’s a heritage-listed environment that has been the living, hunting, gathering, cultivating, ceremonial, Dreaming Country and territory of Traditional Owners for more than 22,000 years.
While there’s been much discussion about rock climbing locations and dingoes, we’re also keen to hear feedback from anyone with an interest in how this remarkable natural and cultural landscape is managed for future generations.”