Landmark native title plan to boost jobs, Indigenous tourism in Victoria’s east

Posted January 03, 2018 17:21:23

Photo: Lake Tyers State Park is one of 10 sites covered by the joint management plan. (ABC News: James Hancock)

New walking tracks, signage, eateries and even accommodation are being considered under an ambitious roadmap aimed at creating jobs and improving the lives of Aboriginal people in Gippsland.

Parks, reserves covered by plan: Buchan Caves Reserve Corringle Foreshore Reserve Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Gippsland Lakes Reserve on Raymond Island Lake Tyers State Park The Lakes National Park Mitchell River National Park Tarra-Bulga National Park The Knob Reserve New Guinea Cave II

It is the first plan of its type in Victoria covering 10 parks and reserves, and follows the Gunaikurnai tribal groups’ long battle for native title recognition over much of the region.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio is expected to sign off on the historic joint management plan by the middle of this year following consultation with local people.

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation CEO Roger Fenwick said the plan seeks to promote the ancient culture through new projects and business opportunities.