Lake Boort Reserve Management Plan released
Tuesday 10 April, 2018
Parks Victoria has released the Lake Boort Reserve Management Plan which sets out a 15-year vision for the future management and protection of this historical place.
The 502-hectare reserve, located 87km north of Bendigo, forms part of the Loddon River wetlands which extend from Boort to Kerang in Central Victoria.
The management plan will ensure that this important site continues to support recreation as well as protect and improve the environmental and cultural values for future generations to enjoy.
Lake Boort has outstanding cultural and natural values, and this plan seeks to recognise those values, and define key strategies to protect them.
The management plan also recognises the enduring connection of the Dja Dja Wurrung people to this place and focuses on the recognition and protection of cultural sites.
The Lake Boort Reserve Management Plan will:
- Create partnership opportunities for future Traditional Owner management
- Improve environmental water flows into Lake Boort to enhance biodiversity, regeneration and protect habitat
- Provide for the management of habitat for game species. Duck hunting will continue throughout the whole reserve during the duck season.
- Establish a designated camping area with constructed fireplaces to minimise risk and impacts to cultural and natural values
- Improve boat ramp access
- Enhance cultural tourism
- Enable activities such as waterfowl hunting, boating, camping and fishing.
Quotes attributable to Peter Foster, District Manager, Parks Victoria:
“Parks Victoria has undertaken extensive community engagement to inform future management of the Lake Boort Reserve.”
“Lake Boort’s natural environment will be conserved, managed adaptively and progressively enhanced to reconnect it via habitat and water links to the Boort wetlands and sustain the natural systems and species.”
“We want to see real partnerships and cooperation flow on from this management plan that will benefit the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the Boort Township and our whole community.”
Quotes attributable to Rodney Carter, CEO Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation:
“Lake Boort has a rich heritage that is a vital legacy for Aboriginal people today and for all Australians. It is a living cultural landscape that connects nature and people and represents many stories, ancient and recent. Nature and culture are strongly linked through the traditions of Dja Dja Wurrung.”
“Protecting our cultural sites, traditional burning, managing weeds, and bringing water to the lake will ensure the wetland is healthy, that the habitat is improved for game species, and that the reserve is an asset to all visitors, duck hunters, the township and local tourism businesses.”
Quotes attributable to Jida Gulpilil, Director, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation:
"My Great Grandfather the Late Sir Pastor Douglas Nicholls (1906-1988) a direct descendent of King Girribong, Lerimburneen and Walpanumin of Boort once said;
‘You can get a tune out of playing the white keys on a piano and you can get a tune out of playing the black keys on the piano but, in order to get harmony you needed to play both black and white keys together'
In this instance with the management plan and preservation of our many valued cultural heritage sites and environmental assets across the Big Boort Lake we can begin to do so by collaborating our aspirations and resources through mutual respect and understanding’."
Media enquiriesLiz McKenzie
0436 669 524
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