Update from Climbing Victoria Advisory Council (CVAC)
Millenium Caves – CVAC support for Self-Determination by Gariwerd Traditional Owners
Millenium Caves is one of several areas that have been determined by Gariwerd Traditional Owners as being of such significant cultural value that rock-climbing has been permanently prohibited. Gariwerd Traditional Owners are now seeking to repair these high-value sites, and remove the damage and impacts of recent visitation. This may involve removal of graffiti, protection or restoration of artwork, removal of climbers’ chalk or removal of climbing bolts and anchors, where each of these are possible and practical to do so.
Climbing Victoria Advisory Council (CVAC) member organisations fully support the principle of Self-Determination, respecting that Traditional Owners make these decisions and take these actions in order to protect and repair their Country and Culture.
CVAC will continue to offer, via its relationship with Parks Victoria, support and advice for decisions and actions relating to climbing and climbing areas. We will also continue to encourage Parks Victoria to provide timely and effective communication on the management of climbing and climbing areas.
CVAC calls for respectful dialogue within the climbing community on these issues, including on social media.
For further queries please contact the organisation you’re connected to that sits on the Climbing Victoria Advisory Council.
- Western Victoria Climbing Club
- Gariwerd Wimmera Reconciliation Network
- Victorian Climbing Club
- RMIT Outdoors Club
- Crag Volunteers
- Outdoors Victoria
- Sport Climbing Victoria
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