New Camping and Access Strategy for Lake Tyers State Park
Friday 16 April, 2021
A new Camping and Access Strategy for Lake Tyers State Park has been finalised, detailing the approach to protect the park’s cultural and environmental values while improving facilities and opportunities for the Gunaikurnai community and park visitors.
Implementation of the Strategy is being kick-started by $1.72 million funding to formalise five campgrounds, thanks to the Victorian Government’s $105.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and Parks Victoria have been working on the Camping and Access Strategy since 2017, which has been shaped by extensive community consultation.
From July to September 2020, more than 140 people completed the feedback survey online at Engage Victoria. Overall, people were happy with the proposed strategy and supported the facility upgrades, but some expressed concern about the proposed vehicle access changes.
Strong support was received for new facilities and amenities proposed at Trident Arm day visitor site and the improvements proposed for the Glasshouse campground.
In the light of the feedback about access changes, GLaWAC and Parks Victoria agreed to not proceed with three of the seven proposed changes. However, the remaining four changes are intended to remain in the strategy for future implementation to protect important cultural heritage sites.
Located on Gunaikurnai Country, Lake Tyers State Park is rich in cultural and environmental values and is a popular tourist destination within East Gippsland. The park is well known for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities with excellent fishing and bush camping locations throughout.
As with most parks in Victoria, Lake Tyers State Park contains Aboriginal cultural places, which are protected by legislation. The presence of cultural heritage in parks is not incompatible with recreation but requires careful management.
The Engagement Summary and final Camping and Access Strategy are available to read online at Engage Victoria, engage.vic.gov.au/lake-tyers-strategy.
Quotes attributable to Roger Fenwick, CEO, GLaWAC:
“Lake Tyers State Park is of significant importance to the Gunaikurnai community, possessing exceptional Aboriginal cultural heritage.
This strategy provides for improved recreational opportunities while celebrating and protecting the cultural and natural values that make it such a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.”
Quotes attributable to Chris Corbell, Regional Director, Parks Victoria:
“The finalisation of this plan is a great achievement for GLaWAC and Parks Victoria and we look forward to implementing the strategy together over the next few years.
We recognise the importance of Lake Tyers State Park to the community for fishing, camping and boating, and it is our responsibility to ensure that these activities don’t compromise the cultural and natural values that make this park so special.”