RESIDENTS throughout northern Victoria are being encouraged by Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell to take part in the conversation on how best to manage our River Red Gum parks and reserves in the local area and wider state.
Parks Victoria’s river red gum draft management plan looks into the management of more than 100 parks and reserves covering over 215,000 ha throughout northern Victoria and Ms Lovell said this was the opportunity for communities to have input into how they want their local parks managed in the future.
“Local people are important stakeholders in their parks and reserves and often it is the local community that knows how best to maintain and manage them,” she said.
“This opportunity for public submissions will ensure this vital local knowledge is carefully considered by Parks Victoria before a final plan is adopted.”
The intent of the plan is to protect and enhance the area’s natural, cultural and recreational values and incorporates most parks and reserves in northern Victoria including Gunbower National Park, the proposed Murray River Park and the Shepparton and Kerang regional parks as well as Hattah-Kulkyne, Lower Goulburn and Warby-Ovens national parks, part of Murray-Sunset National Park, Leaghur State Park, Gadsen Bend, Murray-Kulkyne and Nyah-Vinifera parks and Kings Billabong.
This draft plan does not encompass Barmah National Park and most of Murray-Sunset National Park, which will be covered in a joint management plan and a Mallee parks management plan respectively, both of which will be released for public comment when completed.
“The people of northern Victoria are passionate about the health and sustainability of their local parks and reserves and I strongly encourage residents to share with Parks Victoria their priorities for the future management of their respective parks by making a submission,” Ms Lovell said.
Online submissions go to parks.vic.gov.au/redgumplan
Submissions close on September 30.