Have your say on the future of Victoria’s River Red Gum parks and reserves
Friday 12 February, 2016
Parks Victoria, with the community, is developing a management plan for Victoria’s River Red Gum parks and reserves. Nine new parks were created in 2010 to protect the health of the Murray River and River Red Gum forests. The management plan will guide the protection of Victoria’s River Red Gum floodplain forests and wetlands, cultural sites and explore opportunities for tourism and recreation.
“Parks Victoria and the community will work together to guide the protection of these significant protected areas and enjoy their benefits for many years to come,” said Parks Victoria Chief Executive Bradley Fauteux.
“Community input is an essential part of the planning process and we are seeking all views of interested individuals and organisations.
“This is a great opportunity to have a conversation and contribute to the future management and health of Victoria’s River Red Gum parks.”
Parks Victoria is working with all interested Traditional Owner groups in the River Red Gum planning area. The planning process will ensure Traditional Owners can provide input on their aspirations for future use and involvement in management of their traditional lands.
There are a number of ways to contribute to the plan:
- Community meetings will be held in 2016 in the region’s major centres. Dates and locations will be advertised in local media and on the Parks Victoria website: www.parks.vic.gov.au/redgumplan
- Public submissions will be accepted and carefully considered in preparing the plan.
- Parks Victoria rangers will be distributing information during peak tourism times in the parks.
The draft plan will be available for public consultation in late 2016 on the Parks Victoria website. The management plan will cover the Red Gum forests along the Victorian side of the Murray River between Wodonga and the South Australia border. Some of the areas to be included in the plan are:
- Gunbower National Park
- Hattah–Kulkyne National Park
- Warby–Ovens National Park
- Kings Billabong Park
- Leaghur State Park
- Lower Goulburn National Park
- Murray–Kulkyne Park
- Nyah–Vinifera Park
- Sections of the Murray–Sunset National Park.
The plan will not cover Barmah National Park as the long term strategic directions for the park will be determined through the Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board.
Media enquiriesElizabeth McKenzie
0448 373 986
Parks Victoria media centre