Sperm Whale Head visitor area upgrade highlights the benefits of joint management

   August 19th, 2017

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 Sperm Whale Head project—funded through the former Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee via the East Gippsland CMA—has helped to strengthen the joint management partnership, increase skills and knowledge for Parks Victoria and GLaWAC rangers and deepened cultural understanding.

Works completed to date include the completion of a cultural heritage survey to learn more about the site and guide the visitor facilities upgrades and recent upgrades to the toilet, visitor shelter, picnic tables, pathways and directional signs.

Five totem poles were also installed in January this year using recycled marine posts, and interpretation material will be added later this year with information about Gunaikurnai cultural heritage, joint management and European history.

Plans for a cultural trail focusing on indigenous plant uses are also underway, with plans to install accompanying signs along the path from the jetty to the top car park.