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Lake Boort Management Plan

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News: thank you for all your submissions and comments

Parks Victoria and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation would like to thank all the people who took the time to read the Lake Boort Draft management plan and submit their comments to Parks Victoria. The comments period is now closed. 

The Planning Team will now be carefully reviewing the many submissions received. All submissions will be considered in finalising the plan.  

The final plan will require endorsement from the Dja Dja Wurrung Governing Council and submission of the final plan for adoption by the Minister for Environment, Land, Water and Planning The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio.

The draft plan is available to download here.
Draft Lake Boort Management Plan (PDF 7.9mb)

Background  to the Project

Parks Victoria is developing a management plan for Lake Boort Wildlife Reserve with assistance from Context.

Development of a plan is an outcome of the Dja Dja Wurrung Recognition and Settlement Agreement. The plan will provide the basis for negotiation of a Cultural Heritage Agreement under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) between the State and the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDW).

Plan development is overseen by a project control group which includes Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. The planning process covers a number of steps:

  • information gathering by review of key documents, audit of the 2003 Action plan and initial discussions with stakeholders
  • identification of key management issues and development of options
  • drafting of a draft plan
  • release of the draft plan for public comment
  • review and amendment of the plan in response to public comment
  • submission of the final plan for adoption by the Minister for Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Community engagement is an essential part of the planning process and there are formal and informal opportunities for input from the community and other interested organisations and individuals. Community Open House Meetings were held at Boort Resource & Information Centre on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November 2015, thank you to all who attended.

A series of discussion papers and fact sheets have been prepared to provide information about key management issues. These documents are available to download from the resources page.

The draft plan will be revised in response to public comments. It then requires endorsement from the Dja Dja Wurrung Governing Council and submission of the final plan for adoption by the Minister for Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

About the reserve

Lake Boort WR (502 ha) is in north-west Victoria, 1 km south of Boort township and 87 km north west of Bendigo. The reserve is of extremely high cultural heritage value for among other things the high density of culturally modified trees and other Aboriginal places.

The reserve includes a small length of Kinypanial Creek which flows into Lake Boort from the southern end.

Little Lake Boort is not included as part of this plan. Little Lake Boort is however significant in that it is adjacent to Lake Boort Wildlife Reserve and is maintained as a permanent open freshwater lake. It is an important wetland and also important to the township of Boort for recreational, social and economic values. Little Lake Boort is managed by a Committee of Management which is a sub-committee of the Loddon Shire.

Timeline for community engagement

Community input

Registration of  interest and website

Community Information Sheets

Community Open House Meetings

Review Community Input

Call for submissions

Review Submissions

Approved Plan imple-mentation

 

Groups and individuals can register their details and will receive updates about the Community Open Houses in Boort and the release of the draft plan

       

Information on PV website.

A series of discussion papers and fact sheets will be prepared to provide information about key management issues.

     

Email your thoughts and ideas via email.

Drop in to discuss ideas and issues with Parks Victoria staff.

     

Boort Resource and Information Centre, Godfrey St, Boort.

The input received will be carefully considered in preparing the draft plan

Draft Plan released for community comment for minimum of 60 days

     

Hard copies may be purchased by calling 131963 or, download free from the website.

Submissions on the draft plan are carefully considered in preparing the final plan.

Following revision in response to public comments, submission to the Dja Dja Wurrung and adoption by the Minister for Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Timeline

April 2015 - 2016

October 2015

13 and 14 November 2015

December 2015 -March 2016

mid June - mid September 2016

  

2016

2017 onwards

Planning process

Information gathering

Information gathering

Information gathering

Prepare draft plan

Public comment on draft plan

 Prepare final plan

Finalise and release approved plan