Parks Victoria has published an Engagement Summary Report for the Greater Gariwerd Draft Landscape Management Plan.
The report summarises feedback on the draft plan that was received from more than 2,500 people during public consultation in 2020 and 2021.
The draft management plan included proposals to manage the park by designating areas where certain activities take place and others that are prioritised for conservation of an environment that holds a third of Victoria’s plant species, the greatest concentration of known rock art in Victoria, and unique habitat for threatened animals.
Among the feedback was support for strategies to increase Traditional Owner knowledge and cultural heritage in the management of the landscape. There was also support for the conservation strategies outlined and a focus on increased efforts to remove pest animals and weeds.
There was significant feedback on a draft proposal to investigate returning the culturally significant dingo to the landscape, and where and how rock climbing activities occur.
There are a wide range of views about managing the landscape that need to be balanced, and considered in relation to relevant legislation, obligations, park information and data.
All of the feedback and submissions received are contributing to the preparation of the final version of the management plan, which is expected to be released later this year.