Landmark Plan To Guide Victorian Parks And Reserves
The Andrews Labor Government will work with Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners to jointly manage 10 parks and reserves in Gippsland as part of Victoria’s first Joint Management Plan (JMP). Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio and Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners today launched the JMP, which will deliver opportunities for knowledge sharing, employment and education, and improve park visitor experiences... read more
Representatives from the Gunaikurnai joint management partners have been working together on a cultural mapping project in the Lake Tyers State Park, with help from a consultant archaeologist. Joint Management rangers and Parks Victoria staff this week attended final site inspections for the project...
Gippsland’s joint management partners GLaWAC, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have been working collaboratively with a range of other agencies to deliver projects that will help to improve water quality in the Gippsland Lakes. The projects...
Groups and individuals with an interest in Gippsland’s parks and reserves and/or Aboriginal culture have just over a week left to provide feedback on the region’s first ever draft Joint Management Plan (JMP).
Gippsland’s Gunaikurnai people and the Victorian Government have reached an historic milestone with the release of the state’s first ever draft Joint Management Plan. The plan marks the culmination of three years’ work led by the Gunaikurnai Traditional Land Owner Management Board (GKTOLMB) in close partnership with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria.
A first draft of Gippsland’s first Joint Management Plan is nearing completion and is planned to be released for community consultation before the end of the year. The landmark plan, led by the Gunaikurnai Traditional Land Owner Management Board (GKTOLMB), has been in the making for three years following the Federal Court’s historic decision of October 2010 which recognised the Gunaikurnai’s native title rights over much of Gippsland, and the Victorian Government’s Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Gunaikurnai people.
Work is progressing on the upgrade of the Point Wilson Sperm Whale Head day visitor area, in the Lakes National Park. GLaWAC is leading the delivery of this project, working together with Parks Victoria under the joint management partnership, bringing together skills and experience from both organisations to achieve an enhanced visitor experience and improved cultural value outcomes.
The Gunaikurnai TOLMB was pleased to support GLaWAC in sending three Joint Management (JM) Rangers and Natural Resource Management (NRM) team members to Cape York to attend the recent National Indigenous Fire Workshop. Mick Farnham, Kobi Cook and Dylan Davies-Hood made the trek north last month to learn more about Aboriginal fire management, along with other attendees from around Australia.
The Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board (GKTOLMB) has been working closely with GLaWAC and our Victorian Government partners to develop the first Gunaikurnai & Victorian Government Joint Management Plan for about two years now. During this me, we’ve heard from many Gunaikurnai community members—along with other interested groups and people who use the parks and reserves—about what they would like to see in the plan.
May 2016 Media Release
Gunaikurnai people will be receiving an information pack their mail over the next week about joint management of parks and reserves, and coincides with the current round of Gunaikurnai meetings across the region. This is the full media release PDF.