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A Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks

Members of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board
Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners meeting on Country in 2017 to participate in the planning for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks

Parks Victoria has a vision to manage all parks in their surrounding landscapes, in partnership with Traditional Owners, and other government and non-government organisations and community groups. Parks Victoria is currently supporting the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board to involve the community in developing a plan for the joint management of the six Dja Dja Wurrung Parks held by the Dja Dja Wurrung People as Aboriginal Title. The Dja Dja Wurrung Parks are:

  • Greater Bendigo National Park
  • Hepburn Regional Park
  • Paddys Ranges State Park
  • Kara Kara National Park
  • Kooyoora State Park, and
  • Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve.

Developing the Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, appointed the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board to complete a Joint Management Plan to guide Joint Management of the Parks by Parks Victoria and the Dja Dja Wurrung People, through their representative entity, the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC). The Plan will look at both the day-to-day operation of the parks, together with opportunities to support, share and grow the practices, culture and knowledge of the Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners.

On 13 April, the Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks was approved for release to the public for comment by the Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).

The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board is now inviting submissions from the public.

Getting involved

Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks

Public Consultation 19 April - 19 June 2018.

The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board has prepared a Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks and is conducting a two-month Public Consultation on the draft Joint Management Plan in accordance with Section 82 P of the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 (Vic.)

The Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks may be inspected at the Department of Environment, Water Land and Planning (DELWP) Offices - Loddon Mallee (Bendigo), Grampians(Ballarat) and Melbourne (8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne)

The Draft Plan is available to read on-line or download from the Board’s website at:  www.dhelkunyadja.org.au

The Board invites public submissions from 19 April – 19 June 2018. Written submissions may be made to the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board via the following means:

All submissions and comments in the survey will be available online, consistent with the DDLMB’s commitment to freedom of information. Names of individuals and groups submitting comments will be published in the Final Plan and supporting documents unless you mark your submission or survey responses as ‘CONFIDENTIAL’. Providing your contact details will allow us to follow you up to clarify issues if needed.

All Submissions must be received by 19 June 2018.