Parks Victoria to review Grampians National Park management plan
Monday 29 April, 2019
The Grampians National Park is one of Victoria’s most precious places, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year which brings prosperity to the region, but in turn puts pressure on the sensitive environmental assets.
The fourth largest park in Victoria and home to one third of the state’s flora – some 800 indigenous plant species – the park also supports a wide range of wildlife with more than 40 species of mammals and an abundance of bird species.
In addition, Grampians National Park contains the majority of surviving Aboriginal rock art sites in south-east Australia, some of which date back more than 20,000 years.
To ensure this environmentally significant and sensitive landscape can continue to bring joy to people, and protect plants and animals well into the future, Parks Victoria will undertake a review of the Grampians National Park Management Plan. The review will focus on the current uses of the park, future needs for conservation and commitments to contemporary park management standards befitting of one of Victoria’s most important natural environments.
The review process will commence in July 2019, is expected to take 12 months and will balance environmental and cultural protection with ensuring the park remains accessible for visitors to enjoy and appreciate Victoria’s natural and cultural values, as well as bringing both economic and social value to the region. It will also take into account the development of Grampians Peaks Trail, a 160-kilometre walking trail that will provide visitors with a world-class walking experience.
Crucial to the review will be the partnership with Traditional Owner groups and a robust and consultative engagement process with key stakeholders from the conservation, tourism, recreation and rock climbing sectors, among others, to ensure that the park is protected for current and future generations.
To ensure the Grampians National Park is protected and looked after for future generations, all park visitors should be aware of the National Parks Regulations (2013). Under these regulations it is an offence to interfere with vegetation meaning a person must not cut, fell, pick, remove, take, damage or destroy any vegetation. A person also must not damage, remove or otherwise interfere with any rock or similar natural object in a park.
As the responsible authority, Parks Victoria has legislative requirements to protect and manage this estate, and to take action if the cultural and environmental values of the park are being destroyed.
Rock climbing is an important recreational and sporting pursuit for many people and it is an activity that Parks Victoria supports, along with a range of other recreational activities that are widely enjoyed in the Grampians National Park, like hiking and camping.
Climbing is permitted in more than 60 per cent of the park, including hundreds of sites already popular with the climbing community such as Bundaleer, Mount Stapylton Amphitheatre, The Watch Tower, Wonderland Area, and Halls Gap Valley.
Parks Victoria will publish more information on our website – parks.vic.gov.au - and through Engage Victoria as the review progresses and people can have their say.