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Victoria’s first draft Joint Management Plan released for public consultation

   Friday 13th October, 2017

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.

GKTOLMB Chair Grattan Mullett announced the release of the draft plan today and encouraged all interested parties to have their say.

“The draft is now available on our website or in hard copy at outlets throughout Gippsland. We’re calling on all Gippslanders who may have an interest in the parks or Aboriginal culture to have a look over the plan and let us know what they think, before Friday 15 December.

“Everyone’s views and feedback will be carefully and respectfully considered before we start putting together a final version of the plan for the Minister to consider and approve in the first half of next year,” Mr Mullett said.

Parks and reserves included in the plan are the Buchan Caves Reserve, Corringle Foreshore Reserve, Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, Gippsland Lakes Reserve at Raymond Island, Lake Tyers State Park, The Lakes National Park, Mitchell River National Park, New Guinea Caves within the Snowy River National Park, Tarra Bulga National Park and The Knob Reserve at Stratford.

Mr Mullett said the partnering organisations will be hosting a series of informal community drop-in sessions throughout the region and in Melbourne during October and November, where anyone with an interest can call in and chat with members of the project team.

“The drop-in sessions will be informal, providing an opportunity for people to ask questions and find out more about the draft plan. We’ll also be happy to explain the submission process, for those who would like to provide feedback.

“There will be no formal presentations and attendees can call in anytime between the nominated times for a chat,” Mr Mullett said.

Details of the community drop-in sessions are as follows:

Tue 31 Oct 2017, 4pm – 6pm
Orbost Exhibition Centre
8 Clark Street, Orbost

Wednesday 1 November, 4pm–6pm
Stratford Library
70 Tyers Street, Stratford

Thursday 2 November, 3pm–6pm
Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House
27 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale

Latrobe Valley
Wednesday 8 November, 4pm–6pm
Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Traralgon

Thursday 9 November, 3pm-6pm
Melbourne Metropole Central
44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Lakes Entrance
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 3 pm – 6 pm
GLaWAC office (Forestec)
Scriveners Road, Kalimna West

The draft Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan (along with summary information sheets and details on how to lodge a submission) can be accessed online at or in hard copy at any of the following locations:

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning offices at Orbost, Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Yarram (see for office addresses)

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation office at Forestec, Kalimna West

Parks Victoria Information Centres at Buchan Caves Reserve and Tarra-Bulga National Park

The deadline for lodging submissions in response to the draft plan is Friday 15 December 2017.