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Joint management of parks in action in Central Gippsland

Monday 4 September, 2017

Parks Victoria and Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation(GLaWAC) have been working together on two key projects in Central Gippsland to improve and upgrade park facilities for visitors.

Parks Victoria and Gunaikurnai rangers have been working cooperatively to improve a range of facilities at the Point Wilson visitor area at Sperm Whale Head within The Lakes National Park.  Firstly, a new cultural centrepiece is being installed at the park with 5 totem poles which will provide information on Gunaikurnai cultural heritage, joint management and European history.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy upgraded facilities including toilets, information shelter, picnic tables, dedicated pathways and directional signage.  The project was funded through the former Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee (GLMAC), administered by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Further inland at the jointly managed Tarra Bulga National Park, the ranger teams worked side by side to restore the walking track at Tarra Valley.

The teams moved 45 cubic metres of crushed rock spread over a length of 1200metres over 11 days, which now provides a clean and all-weather surface on a very popular track at the park.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager Helen Dixon:

“These projects demonstrate the importance of Parks Victoria working closely together with GLaWAC to improve visitor access, build stronger working relationships as well as sharing ecological and cultural knowledge”

Quotes attributable to Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Roger Fenwick:

“These projects have strengthened the joint management partnership not only between Parks Victoria and GLaWAC, but other partners including East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority”.

“Projects like these help to develop increased skills and knowledge for both Parks Victoria and GLaWAC Rangers and enhance cultural understanding”.

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