Parks Victoria are hosting a series of online information sessions over November and December, to discuss proposals, and hear feedback from the public about the newly released Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan

The plan sets management goals to celebrate the listed Gariwerd cultural landscape, safeguard and restore is unique natural values, and provide sustainable opportunities for a range of activities…..

….Central to the draft plan is recognition of Traditional Owners’ enduring connection to Country that they have cared for over thousands of years. The draft management plan outlines actions to protect and celebrate the cultural heritage of Gariwerd, recognise Aboriginal place names, help visitors understand more about the cultural landscape, and apply traditional land management practices, such as cultural burning.

Other notable proposals include:

  • a Cultural Conservation Zone to protect areas where the highest cultural values are found
  • designating climbing areas, so that climbing can continue while protecting the landscape’s special values
  • new management overlays to minimise noise and light pollution in certain areas
  • the creation of more designated campsites and the restriction of dispersed camping
  • the restoration of locally extinct and culturally significant wildlife, such as the dingo.

– Parks Victoria

Online information sessions

People are encouraged to attend a community information session to learn more about what is in the plan and discuss the proposals in depth. Due to current health restrictions, these are mostly online.

The dates and times for the information sessions are:

Online webinars (unlimited spaces):

  • Thursday 19 November, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Online discussion sessions (max 30 people each):

  • Tuesday 24 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 26 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 1 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 December, 5.30 – 7.30pm

You can register for a community information session online – Eventbrite

You can also register by calling 13 1963.

The consultation period will run until 24 January 2021, with all feedback received to be considered in the development of a final plan.

For more information, and to view the Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan, and register for events, visit Engage Victoria