Indigenous joint management? Come and find out

An interesting additional factor in DELWP’s challenge in Kalimna is that the recent state budget allocated $2.05 million for biodiversity work in the Greater Bendigo NP and Kalimna Park.

At the time of writing it’s not clear what this money is for, but one outcome of the funding will be the employment of traditional owner rangers to work in these parks. It remains to be seen whether indigenous input into management will influence approaches to fire in Kalimna.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan, published in 2017, has an interestingly positive approach to land healing. If you want to find out more on this, there’ll be a drop in session next Sunday in Castlemaine to inform the public about the draft co management plan for Dja Dja Wurrung parks in the box ironbark region. The session will be held in the Ray Bradfield room, next to Victory Park, from 10 am to 12 noon.

Preparation of the Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks was supported by a CSIRO-led consortium including Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises, and Conservation Management in consultation with Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).

Aboriginal joint management of six Box Ironbark parks was proclaimed in 2016. The parks in question are Greater Bendigo National Park, Kara Kara National Park, Hepburn Regional Park, Kooyoora State Park, Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve and Paddy’s Range State Park.

None of these parks is in the Mount Alexander region, but the management strategies proposed for them will surely be of interest to us. Rock up and find out.

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