The draft Dja Dja Wurrung Kalimna Park Management Plan 2021-2026 has been produced and is available online here.
This important and detailed plan has been was developed by Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners through Djandak and Conservation Management, a consultancy firm based in Tasmania. As our readers will know, the project development has been going on for some time through the Balak kalik manya (Walking Together) process.
Djandak (Country) is the commercial arm of the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans corporation.
Constructive comments on the draft plan have been invited.
Production of the plan is an important stage in the development of Aboriginal co management practices in the region. The vision behind it is clear and convincing:
‘That Kalimna park is a place that is looked after collaboratively by both Djaara and non-Djaara: is celebrated as a shared place; and positively connects the community with nature and culture.’
And ‘that Kalimna Park is a place where: Djaara cultural heritage is protected, created and exhibited; Djaara maintain and teach our culture to future generations; and Djaara plants, animals and waterways are safe and healthy.’
Also part of the Walking Together project, there is a proposal to create visitor facilities at the Fletcher Street entry to the park.
Djandak are organising a listening post for the Castlemaine community to drop in and voice any considerations you may have around the proposed creation of these facilities:
‘After consulting with Djaara and local community members for the Kalimna Park Management Plan, we identified the need for a main visitor entrance and interpretation area for Kalimna Park that can connect people from the Castlemaine town centre to Kalimna Park and surrounding bushland.’
‘Djandak engaged Pollen Studio to develop draft concept designs for construction of a shelter, toilets, carparking, all-ability access into the site, landscaping, gardening, along with signage which will create a new visitation area and trailhead to disembark from.’
The Listening Post will run at 11am on the 20th of May at the Fletcher Street entrance to Kalimna Park, opposite the Campbell street corner.