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Dja Dja Wurrung Joint Management Plans

Members of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board
Members of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Parks Victoria has a vision for, all its parks, of managing in the context of their surrounding landscapes, and in partnership with Traditional Owners, other government and non-government organisations and community groups. Parks Victoria is currently supporting the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board to seek community input on how we can best jointly manage the six parks that make up the Appointed Land held by the Dja Dja Wurrung People as Aboriginal Title. These parks include:

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

Developing the Joint Management Plans

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and the Secretary of DELWP have delegated power to complete a Joint Management Plan to the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board, with operations roles provided to Parks Victoria and the Dja Dja Wurrung people. These plans 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.

The Joint Management Plans will be delivered in five phases:

Phase 1: Establishment and scoping (Complete)

Phase 2: Engagement and strategy development (Complete)

Phase 3: Finalisation of draft plans for consultation (Current Phase)

Phase 4: Public consultation on draft plans

Phase 5: Finalisation of the plans for the Minister

Getting involved

Throughout August, September and October 2017, we held public Information Sharing Workshops.

During November, we continued to meet with key stakeholders and sought input through the Surveys (now closed) which stayed open until 30 November 2017.

On 20 December, the public are invited to attend a Mapping Workshop where you can see maps of the assets in the parks and have input into the proposed strategies for management zones. You can also meet with the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board. Register your interest to be kept informed by emailing

Information papers

To help guide conversations we have provided two Information Papers.

The Foundation Assets paper (PDF 1MB) - focuses on understanding the assets that are the foundation of management including people, cultural practices and customs, cultural heritage, plants and animals, land, waterways and rivers, self-determination, enterprises and joint management itself.

The Planning Issues paper (PDF 813 kb) - outlines the current goals, and challenges facing park management to deliver these goals.

The Initial Stakeholder Engagement Summary (PDF 3.7MB) provides an overview of the processes and outcomes from the Engagement and Strategy Development Phase

Community Survey: Now closed.

Interactive mapping survey: Now closed

Information sharing workshops: Now completed.

Mapping Workshop: Held in Bendigo on 20 December 2017

Consent information (PDF 211 kb)