The first ever partnership between Traditional Owners and the State Government will see joint management of 10 parks and reserves in the states south-east, that will ensure the preservation and protection of Aboriginal sites and culture…
The Joint Management Plan between the State of Victoria and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation is the first of its kind.
Ten parks and reserves through the Gippsland region of Victoria will now be cared for in a collaborative partnership which will deliver opportunities for knowledge sharing, employment and education, and improve park visitor experiences.
The parks and reserves under Aboriginal title and included in the plan are:
· Buchan Caves Reserve
· Corringle Foreshore Reserve, and
· Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park
· Gippsland Lakes Reserve at Raymond Island
· Lake Tyers State Park
· Mitchell River National Park
· New Guinea Cave (within Snowy River National Park).
· Tarra-Bulga National Park
· The Knob Reserve, Stratford
· The Lakes National Park.
The Gunaikurnai Land Management Traditional Owner Board will work with Government to set and guide how to best incorporate aboriginal knowledge in strategic planning.
CAAMA's Teghan Hughes spoke with Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner and Land Management Board Chair Grattan Mullett, who says the partnership is a significant step forward in Aboriginal land management and self-determination.
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