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Zumsteins Historic Area upgrade works to begin

Monday 25 February, 2013

Works to re-develop the popular Zumsteins Historic Picnic Area in the Grampians National Park are set to begin in March.

The major works that will include a new car park and picnic area are being undertaken after the area was severely damaged by floods in 2011.

Parks Victoria Ranger In Charge David Roberts said the beginning of works come after a year of extensive planning and he acknowledged all involved in the project.

“We are really pleased to have reached this point where the new infrastructure can be built at Zumsteins. A lot of hard work and planning needed to be undertaken before we could get to this stage and I’d like to thank all those involved in the project to date,” said Mr Roberts.

Parks Victoria worked closely with The Grampians National Park Advisory Group, the Zumsteins Flood Recovery Community Working Group, designers and engineers to complete detailed plans and designs for re-developing the area.

“Planning for such historically and environmentally important sites is incredibly complex and we appreciate the collaborative and dedicated work by these groups over the past 12 months.

“It was important to get the details right and to balance many aspects including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage elements of the area. Environmentally important places including the river also needed to be considered as well as catering for future demands on this site.

“We decided that rather than reinstate Zumsteins Historic Area to how it was before the flood, we would take the opportunity to invest in its future. We are pleased with the designs for a new picnic area and car park and feel the redevelopment will honour the site’s heritage while also reflecting the changing uses and demands on the Park,” he said.

“We are also looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of Walter Zumsteins arrival in the Grampians with the community later in the year when the works are complete. This will also be a great opportunity to celebrate a new beginning for this wonderful place,” said Mr Roberts.

The final plans and designs for Zumsteins Historic Area can be viewed online or in person at Brambuk, The National Park and Cultural Centre – Halls Gap.

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