Culture and heritage Park Subotopic Layout
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The spiritual and physical connections of the four traditional language groups, Wathaurung, Gulidjan, Gadubanud, and Kirrae Whurrong people are still celebrated today.
The Otway forests hold a proud logging history and have been a timber source for more than 150 years. Timber production peaked in 1961 and has since reduced over the years. The forests here today demonstrate the time needed to regrow and reproduce the giants of the past.
Bushfires are a natural occurrence and shape the forests of the Otways. Historically several wildfires have burnt through the Otways this century - the last major fire was Ash Wednesday in 1983. Fire continues to play a vital role in forest ecology, influencing plant and animal diversity.
Many of the walks around this area follow old timber tramways used in logging days. Other walking tracks were built late last century, making them among the earliest tourist developments in Victoria.
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27 Feb 2014
Improved access to Victoria’s parks for people with a disability is being celebrated during Parks Week from 3-9 March 2014. Parks Victoria Chief Executive Bill Jackson said some innovative strategies were helping people with limited mobility to get out and enjoy Victoria’s parks and connect with nature. “A growing body…