‘Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara’
South West Management Plan
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‘Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara’ means Healthy Country, Healthy People. The ‘Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara’ South West Management Plan will include the Gunditjmara Traditional Owners as partners in planning for and managing the parks and reserves in the planning area.
What is a vision?
A vision is a short, succinct and inclusive statement about the management of the planning area and where we want to be in the future. It should include a statement of significance and expression of values.
Whose Vision should it be?
- Gunditjmara Traditional Owners
- Parks Victoria
- Department of Sustainability and Environment
What timeframe should it have?
The life of the Management Plan including its development.
‘Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara’ means Healthy Country, Healthy People which is what we want for the planning area. There are different landscapes – Stone Country, Sea Country, River/Forest Country and Forest Country. They are all important and connect with each other and people. We all have a right and responsibility to care for Country, working together with respectful conversations to achieve our aspirations for Country. We will work together to restore and improve ecosystems to become intact and resilient. We recognise the connections between people and Country; between communities and Country – past, present and future. Forever.
Inclusions in the Vision
The following considerations have already been identified for inclusion in the vision:
- Caring for Country
- Working together; working on country; Gunditjmara Traditional Owners, park and reserve managers and the Community working together; achieving aspirations; engagement; respectful conversations between park and reserve managers and the community.
- Healthy Parks, Healthy People – Healthy country, healthy communities
- Rights and responsibilities of all
- Respectful relationships between parks and reserve managers and the community and between people and Country.
- Acknowledge that the cultural landscape is living and changing
- Natural values of the landscape are important
- Include personal values which reflect the connection between people and Country; between communities and Country – shared Country
- Shared past, present and future with the land
- The importance of place
- Restoring and improving ecosystems to become intact and resilient
- Connectivity of people, landscape and ecosystems
The following values have been identified:
- Variety of landscapes within the ‘Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara’ South West Management Plan planning area – Stone Country, Forest Country, River Country and Sea Country.
- Cultural, economic , social and natural values
- Gunditjmara Traditional Owners cultural values and the use of fire
- Social values of Gunditjmara Traditional Owners as partners in management
- Variety of species and communities,
- Non Indigenous cultural values,
- Tourism values
- Security against impacts of climate change
- Values across a broad landscape
- Cross tenure projects such as Habitat 141, Glenelg Ark, Glenelg Eden
- Role of parks within the landscape
- Strong partnership approach between Gunditjmara Traditional Owners and agencies.
- Co-management of Mount Eccles National Park (proposed Budj Bim National Park) by Parks Victoria and Budj Bim Council
- The Gunditjmara Traditional Owners aspirations to move towards joint management initially for Mount Eccles National Park, thenfor other parks and reserves in the planning area.
- What are the key natural and cultural values and features of the planning area that need to be given priority?
- What is your vision for the planning area?
- When you visit the planning area in the future what do you expect to experience?
- How do you want to be involved in managing the parks in the future?
- What do you think the plan should achieve – environmentally, socially, and economically?