State of the Parks
Parks Victoria evaluates the effectiveness of our park management activities in parks across the state through our State of the Parks (SoP) program.
The purpose of SoP is to:
- Undertake a systematic evaluation of the outcomes of management programs and the extent to which park management objectives are being met
- Review our achievements, highlight current challenges and identify emerging issues
- Inform and adapt our management programs following the review.
SoP is consistent with state and national priorities for evaluation and reporting through the Victorian Government Land and Biodiversity White Paper and the Commonwealth Government National Reserve System guidelines for the states and territories.
How it works
The process for SoP is based around best-practice adopted by the World Commission on Protected Areas. These assessments are now being undertaken by a number of park agencies around the world.
SoP assesses all park management output areas:
- Environment, land and water
- Culture and heritage
- Visitors and community
- Fire and emergency management
- A sustainable organisation
SoP is based on a broad range of indicator groups:
- Representation of park values
- Management response
- Management outcomes
These indicator groups each have detailed indicators and measures.
Parks Victoria uses a two tiered approach in evaluating our management effectiveness:
- Assess around 95 per cent of the parks network via a systematic staff survey. A range of information sources (corporate datasets, commissioned studies, monitoring reports and expert/ranger opinion) inform responses to the survey
- Targeted quantitative monitoring programs for a sub-set of parks. In 2007, Parks Victoria published our second State of the Parks report (the first report was in 2000).
Download the latest reports
State of the Parks 2007 - summary (PDF 6.7MB)
State of the Parks 2007 - part one (PDF 12.0MB)
State of the Parks 2007 - part two (PDF 11.9MB)
27 Jun 2014
Parks Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are working together to protect saltmarsh habitats in and around Port Phillip as part of a $1.29m Australian Government program over five years to undertake revegetation and pest plant and animal control in areas that are critical for endangered species such as…
27 Jul 2014 9:30am-1:30pm
Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands invite you to join them in planting shrubs under the trees in Shepherds Bush next to Nortons Park. BBQ lunch provided. Families welcome.
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
Today is Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day and this Sunday is National Tree Day so h...Today is Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day and this Sunday is National Tree Day so head outside and get involved in a community tree planting event near you: www.treeday.planetark.org Who knows, the tree you plant might grow to be as big as this Mountain Ash one day! Timeline PhotosBig old Mountain Ash.View post | Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13.34
Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinat...Great job by all the wonderful volunteers, including our Junior Ranger Coordinator Roellen!Timeline PhotosVolunteers from the Friends of the Helmet Honeyeaters have been braving the cold weather each day to provide supplementary feed to these critically endangered Victorians. Their fantastic work forms a key part of the Helmeted Honeyeater recovery program, which is allowing the wild population around Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve to slowly grow. Thanks to Roellen, one of the volunteers for this image.View post | Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16.26
Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000...Our partners at Conservation Volunteers Australia are in the running for a $5000 grant towards the work they do for endangered bandicoots and would like your vote.Timeline PhotosThe bandicoots are crossing their tiny paws and hoping for your help - just click to vote and help us win $5,000 to look after them! http://sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/help-protect-endangered-bandicootsView post | Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13.46
The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the wee...The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the weekend. Pictured are Ranger Craig Campbell in the new winter office and new addition to the team Ranger Snowman!View post | Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09.36
Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a tr...Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a truck carrying apples lost its load last Thursday and spilled off the road and onto the Main Yarra Trail. Unable to get machinery onto the trail, about 22 Parks Victoria staff spent most of the day removing the apples and other debris. They managed to retrieve about 30 boxes of apples which were put onto a barge and floated down the Yarra River to Burnley Harbour, then loaded onto a truck and delivered to Melbourne Zoo as a special treat for the Zoo’s elephants. Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge Dave Moore, who had spent most of Thursday collecting apples, was delighted to pay a visit to the Zoo to see the elephants enjoying their unexpected windfall. Photo credits: Elephant with apple by David Caird courtesy of the Herald Sun Other images courtesy of Melbourne Zoo.View post | Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11.51