Joint Management


The partnership between the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), on behalf of the Gunaikurnai people, and the Victorian Government to jointly manage ten parks and reserves in Gippsland represents an exciting new way to manage wurruk (country).

Joint management (JM) involves the Gunaikurnai traditional owners working with the Victorian Government to manage the natural and cultural values of these parks and reserves under Aboriginal title.

It aims to bring together the combined skills, expertise and cultural knowledge of the Gunaikurnai people and the Victorian Government in the management of these parks and reserves in a way that respects and values the culture and traditions of the traditional owners.

This is expected to lead to:
- Gunaikurnai people having a real influence on how the land is managed
- employment creation, education and training opportunities
- park users and visitors continuing to be able to enjoy both traditional and new activities that connect them with nature and Gunaikurnai culture.

A further goal of joint management is to progress self-determination, social justice and reconciliation for the Gunaikurnai people.

Joint management is already happening in the 10 Gippsland JM parks and reserves with GLaWAC, Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) staff working together.

Gippsland’s joint management land

Gippsland’s jointly managed land includes the following ten parks and reserves:

Gippsland’s jointly managed land includes the following ten parks and reserves:

  • Buchan Caves Reserve
  • Corringle Foreshore Reserve
  • Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
  • Gippsland Lakes Reserve at Raymond Island
  • Lake Tyers State Park
  • Mitchell River National Park
  • New Guinea Cave within the Snowy River National Park
  • Tarra Bulga National Park
  • The Knob Reserve (Stratford)
  • The Lakes National Park

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