New management plan released for Kara Kara National Park
Friday 10 January, 2014
Park Victoria today released the new management plan for Kara Kara National Park. The plan was completed following careful consideration of the 26 submissions received during community consultation on the Draft Management Plan. The park, which includes areas of the former Kara Kara State Park and part of the St Arnaud Range State Forest, was proclaimed in 2002.
Parks Victoria Chief Executive Dr Bill Jackson said the park name was changed from St Arnaud Range National Park in 2012 as a result of public submissions.
“Adopting Kara Kara as the name for the national park further recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples’ connection to the land,” said Dr Jackson.
Based on community feedback on the draft plan, other changes include increasing protection for the nationally endangered Lowly Greenhood Orchid and continuing to allow campfires in fireplaces all-year round.
Dr Jackson said the park contains the largest intact area of Box-Ironbark forest and woodland in Victoria, providing visitors with the opportunity to see the type of vegetation that covered 13% of Victoria prior to European settlement.
“The management plan aims to protect the park’s distinctive character and natural setting while at the same time provide opportunities for high quality visitor experiences.”
“Kara Kara National Park offers both local communities and visitors from further afield a variety of natural settings for activities including bushwalking, camping, prospecting and cycling.”
Dr Jackson thanked individuals and organisations who made submissions on the draft plan, and encouraged people to continue to enjoy and appreciate the park and become involved in its management.
“Parks are for all Victorians to enjoy and we are committed to their protection and improvement for future generations.”
For a copy of the management plan contact Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or download it from our website.
Copies are also available from the Parks Victoria office, Southey Street, Inglewood; Cnr Midland Highway and Taylor Street, Epsom; and Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Located between the towns of Avoca and St Arnaud, the 13,990 hectare park is adjacent to a number of small communities, including Barkly, Redbank, Rostron and Stuart Mill.
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