The area where Reg and I have made our summer home, in Victoria is in the news and a Parks Victoria press release today. I love these forests and the pathways through them will, I hope become my running tracks next summer.
Parks Victoria Chief Executive, Mark Stone today released
new management plans for Kooyoora and Paddys Ranges state parks in central Victoria.
The parks are part of Victoria’s Box-Ironbark parks and reserves established by the Victorian Government in 2002 to protect this important landscape.
“The actions in these plans will protect the distinctive character and natural setting of the parks and create opportunities for great visitor experiences,” Mr Stone said.
Kooyoora and Paddys Ranges State Parks protect a significant cultural history, within the country of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.
Dja Dja Wurrung elder Graham Atkinson said that the plans covered many special places for the area’s Traditional Owners.
“I’m pleased that we were approached respectfully to be involved in the process of protecting the land where our ancestors have lived for thousands of years. This land is special for us as Traditional Owners. It’s great to see these plans incorporating the aspirations of the Dja Dja Wurrung People,” he said.
Kooyoora State Park is between Inglewood and Wedderburn. It protects significant caves and rock formations, diverse vegetation, outstanding landscapes and significant Aboriginal and historic places. Paddys Ranges State Park is south west of Maryborough and is a great place to observe relics of the goldmining era, wildflower displays and is home to more than 140 native birds, including the rare Painted Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots.
“The focus of the plans is to protect the outstanding environmental and cultural landscapes and places in the parks, while supporting recreational use by the community,” Mr Stone said.
“The plans support popular activities such as bushwalking, camping, car touring, prospecting, bicycle riding and picnicking.
“Private and public landowners will work together to rebuild the links between the remnants of these forests to encourage the return of endangered plants and animals.”
The plans were completed following careful consideration of submissions received from the public.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the development of these plans. The community support for both Box-Ironbark parks was fantastic.”
For copies of the management plans or information on Box-Ironbark parks and reserves contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.
Paddys Ranges State Park
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Paddys Ranges State Park is a great place to observe relics of the goldmining era. This park is well known for its wildflower displays and is home to more than 140 native birds, including the rare Painted Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots.
Things to Do
1. Bushwalking (A2)
2. Fossicking/Prospecting (H1)
3. Four Wheel Drive Tours (J2)
Brochures1. Grand Duke Mine
2. Maryborough Bush and Town Walk
3. Maryborough Bush and Town Walk Map
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