FOBIF has made a submission to the Strengthening Parks Victoria consultation. The essence of the submission is set out below:
We welcome the opportunity to participate in this process, and offer our views under the headings supplied in the workbook.
Topic #1 – Connecting people and parks
Question prompt: How do you and your communities enjoy parks? What barriers prevent you from enjoying parks more? How can we create parks that are welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians and our visitors?
Our members enjoy parks for their natural and cultural values. Barriers to this enjoyment include destructive trail bikes, rogue prospecting, rubbish dumping and rampant environmental weeds. All of these are a problem partly as a result of the serious understaffing of Parks Victoria resulting in lack of supervision, inadequate monitoring and non existent or weak feral plant and animal controls.
Other barriers include over management of tracks by operatives with little or no appreciation of roadside vegetation, and some fuel management programs conducted without proper reference to ecological values.
How to overcome these barriers? Adequate resourcing would be a necessary start.