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Draft Management Plan for South West Victoria’s parks released for comment

Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Comments are invited on the Ngootyoong Gunditj Ngootyoong Mara South West Draft Management Plan.

The draft plan covers 145 parks, reserves and Gunditjmara community owned properties in South West Victoria.  The draft plan has been developed in partnership with Parks Victoria, Gunditjmara Traditional Owners the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and the community.

Parks Victoria General Manager for Environment and Heritage Mr Ian Walker said: “It is fundamental that we share the values of these special places, while supporting people to enjoy and appreciate them and ensuring they are protected in the future. I encourage people to comment on the draft plan and connect with the future of the parks.”

The draft plan supports the management of the Indigenous Protected Areas such as Lake Condah and other lands within the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, which includes Mount Eccles National Park.

“The partnership approach reflects our aspirations across Gunditjmara Country and strengthens our responsibilities to care for our country and our culture,” said Damein Bell, Acting CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.

“This draft plan is unique in representing the rights and aspirations of the Gunditjmara People and showcases the oldest living culture in the world.”

In Gunditjmara language, Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara means Healthy Country, Healthy People.

The draft plan is available from Parks Victoria’s website, the Parks Victoria office at 8-12 Julia Street Portland; and Parks Victoria Information Centre at Level 10, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne or call 13 1963 to order a copy.

Local community, interested groups and visitors are invited to comment on the draft plan.

Written comments can be sent to the Manager, Park Planning and Procedures, Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC 3000, or emailed to by Monday 11 November 2013.

All submissions on the draft plan will be carefully considered in the preparation of the final management plan.

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