Statement From Parks Victoria
Statement from Parks Victoria spokesperson concerning climbing on sacred land.
- Heritage-listed for its biodiversity, the Grampians National Park protects environmental and cultural values of national importance. The Grampians region is home to 90 per cent of known Aboriginal rock art sites in Victoria. Some of these sites date back more than 20,000 years.
- Parks Victoria is committed to partnering with First Peoples to manage parks and reserves in a culturally sensitive and ecologically sympathetic way.
- We have a legislative obligation to protect cultural heritage and environmental values and when visitor recreation is not compatible with preserving these values we need to take steps to ensure they are protected for future generations. In particularly sensitive areas – about 30 per cent of the Grampians National Park – recreational activities are currently limited to bushwalking and picnicking
- In partnership with Traditional Owner groups, and consulting with a wide range of park users including rock climbers, Parks Victoria is preparing a new management plan for the Grampians landscape, an area that covers the Grampians National Park and adjacent parks and reserves.
- We’re embarking on a reform program to prepare us for a future of jointly managing Victoria’s cultural landscapes with Traditional Owners.