What would locals like others know about Victoria, Australia? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
Turning to tourists to protect the pristine bush of East Gippsland
Remembrance Day: Wycheproof Avenue of Honour rediscovered after 90 years in the wild
2015 Community Environment Recognition Awards
Aussies are sports mad, but Victorians are the clear winners
Nine hundred giant native trees felled in VicRoads planning blunder – The Age
Canopy of dead Separation Tree in Botanic Gardens to be lopped
The mammals of Victoria, Australia – Echidna Walkabout – @EchidnaW
Victorian state emblem Leadbeater’s possum pushed closer to extinction – @aruptom
Mullawallah too hard to spell to be name of suburb, Ballarat council decides
Beaches to waterfalls: Victorian places you never knew existed – Al Patton/Herald Sun – @wildsightphotos
Development likely along Great Ocean Road
Wildlife bioscan uncovers unique alpine creatures in Victoria
Green group promises to fight national parks ecotourism push
Lost and Found — Mount Bogong – Victoria’s tallest summit is Mount Bogong, standing at 1,986 metres above sea level in the state’s Alpine region on Yaithmathang country. Its namesake comes from the local Yaithmathang word, bogong — roughly translating to ‘big fella’ — which has since been applied to the towering mountain.
‘Sentinels guarding the memory of our land’ – Lou Costa writes poetically and passionately about the loss of tree stock in northern Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, particularly the “big, old habitat trees” in her magical piece “On our watch”.
Victorian Aboriginal treaty threatened by handling of cultural site – A standoff over sacred trees in Victoria could derail an ongoing treaty process. RN Breakfast speaks with former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe and Vic Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. 03:26 Jut need to respectfully negotiate a route that does not destroy our ancestor trees
The possum or the timber industry – Victoria’s state emblem, the Leadbeater’s possum, is one of the most critically endangered animals in Australia. Fire and logging have decimated its habitat, causing Leadbeater’s numbers to plummet. A fierce and secretive political debate is now raging over whether the possum and the industry can both survive, or if one has to go.
Designing Australian flora – Where would you find the ‘Landscape of the Year’, as determined in October by the World Architecture Awards Festival? It’s in Cranbourne in Victoria, the site of the Australian Garden. Don’t expect native bushland though, the Australian flora here is designed and sculpted into a gigantic work of art.
Restoring the Mallee – The Murray Sunset National Park in the Mallee country of Victoria has undergone an amazing transformation.
Vic National Parks open for development – The Victorian parliament has just passed a law that allows private enterprise to be built within national park boundaries.
Koorie Heritage Trust – The Koorie Heritage Trust has been protecting Aboriginal culture in Victoria for 25 years. It’s not a museum but a vibrant keeping place for a living culture. We meet the Trust’s chief executive officer Jason Eades who’s won a prestigious award for his stewardship of the trust. Also, a comprehensive book filled with bio-cultural knowledge of plants and animals in the Wadeye (Port Keats) and Daly River region was launched earlier this year, helping to keep culture alive.
Big Fella is Watching – change on the Bogong High Plains – ‘Bogong’ is the Aboriginal word for big fella – the name the local Yiatmathong clan gave the huge mountain that towers over Victoria’s alpine country.
Victoria is home to Australia’s best birdwatching site – the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee – as voted by BirdLife Australia members.
Westography – documenting the fading ‘social landscape’ of the western and north-western suburbs of Melbourne and the western arc of country Victoria, Australia.
More than 60% of Victoria is privately owned land, with 80-90% of that cleared of native habitat. National parks and conservation reserves make up approximately 18% of the land in Victoria, and are a refuge for plants and animals in a state with relatively little intact native habitat left. State forest and other forms of Crown land make up the other 22%.
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria – including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available fromAboriginal Affairs Victoria AAVand Native Title Services Victoria
The latest blog post refers to this discussion paper and the Monash University, Centre for Biodiversity and School of Biological Sciences report, Greater Alpine National Parks Study Area Review and Evaluation of Ecological Knowledge. The report was recently commissioned by Parks Victoria and considers key values, processes and threats for the natural ecosystems, how well the ecosystem components are understood and identifies critical knowledge gaps.
On 1 June 2011 the Commission presented to the Treasurer its report on Unlocking Victorian Tourism: An Inquiry into Victoria’s Tourism Industry.
Victoria’s Trails Strategy 2014 – 2024
Recognising the importance of trails to Victoria, the Victorian Government has launched Victoria’s Trails Strategy 2014 – 2024 (614 kb) PDF
The purpose of Victoria’s Trails Strategy 2014-2024 is to provide a whole-of-government approach and clear vision regarding the planning, management and promotion of trails in Victoria.
The strategy was developed by the Victorian Trails Coordinating Committee in consultation with industry and key stakeholders. It outlines a plan to achieve Victoria’s vision to be recognised as a leading trail-based destination that provides a diverse range of quality trail experiences for visitors, while strengthening the State’s economy and improving the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of the community.
Little Desert National Park
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
https://www.firstpeoplesvic.org – @firstpeoplesvic
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
Check out Narana Creations – Aboriginal Craft and Cultural Interpretation Centre at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.
Launch of Anglesea Community Garden on flickr
A great community event including a traditional “Welcome to Country” smoking ceremony by David Tournier from the Wathaurong Co-operative. More than 60 people in attendance.
http://www.locavored.com – http://www.locavored.com/add-your-event –
https://www.facebook.com/locavoreguides – @locavoreguides
Bushfire information – Parks Victoria
Victoria Bushfires – The Australian
Bush Telegraph February 9
Bushfires – ABC
History of major bushfires
Fires – Department of Sustainability and Environment
Fires Today – Summary of incidents on Public Land
Reporting on Black Saturday –
Twitter has being used by emergency services organisations, broadcasting authorities and the community to report information.
The 2009 bush fires in Victoria, Australia resulted in carbon emissions equal to Australia’s annual industrial emissions.
Alpine National Park
The planning area now includes over 850,000 hectares
Alpine NP 661 375 ha
Errinundra NP 39 870 ha
Mount Buffalo NP 31 020 ha
Snowy River NP 114 600 ha
Tara Range Park 7620 ha
More than 45,000 hectares of forest in East Gippsland – including iconic stands of old growth trees such as the famous Goolengook forest – will be protected forever under new Brumby Labor Government laws passed through Parliament last night.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said protection of the area, which is the equivalent of more than 22,000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds, exceeds the Government’s 2006 election commitment to protect an additional 41,000 hectares in East Gippsland.
Australia’s alpine country and eastern highlands support biodiversity and natural processes central to the supply of water. Within the Greater Alpine National Park planning area, there is a wilderness park and eight wilderness zones.
Barmah State Park (7,900 ha) and Barmah State Forest (21,600 ha) are on the Murray River flood plain between Echuca and Tocumwal, about 225 kilometers north of Melbourne. Together they make up the largest River Red Gum forest in Victoria. Equally, the area could be called a wetland as much of it is frequently flooded. Barmah Forest, on the Murray River east of Echuca, is part of the world’s largest River Red Gum forest. The area has a rich and continuing Indigenous heritage. Descendants of the original people still live in this area and are involved in sharing their heritage and managing the natural environment.
The name Barmah is said to be a corruption of the Aboriginal name for the area – Paama, meaning a meeting place for ceremonies and ritual.
Park Notes / Maps 1. Barmah State Park and Barmah State Forest
2. Murray River – Camping Guide
3. Barmah State Park and Barmah State Forest – Walking Tracks
Management Plans & Strategies 1. Barmah State Park and Forest Plan – maps (5.54MB)
2. Barmah State Park and Forest Plan – text (282KB)
3. Barmah Forest Ramsar Site Strategic Management Plan
The Murray – The Great Red Gum Forest
Bendigo is 131 kilometers (82 miles) from Melbourne
Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape
Sacred to the Gunditjmara people, the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape at Lake Condah in Victoria’s south-west is home to the remains of potentially one of Australia’s largest aquaculture systems. Dating back thousands of years, the area shows evidence of a large, settled Aboriginal community systematically farming and smoking eels for food and trade.
Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, Victoria
Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation
The Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the research and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife and their ecosystems, thereby increasing understanding and enabling measures to be taken to preserve and protect our vulnerable native animals – now and in the future.
Cape Otway lies at the southern most extent of the world-famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s Southwest.
The Cape Otway Lighthouse sits on the most southern point of Victoria’s coastline where the waters of the Bass Strait meet the Southern Ocean.
Life at Cape Otway Lighthouse
Malcolm Brack takes us on a tour of Cape Otway Lighthouse
The Gippsland Lakes are the largest navigable inland waterway system in Australia. Every year they generate 200 million dollars in tourism so they are huge local and regional earners. The Gippsland Lakes and Catchment Task Force was established in November 2001 by the Victorian Government to formulate and implement a considered response to the declining water quality and increasing algal blooms facing the Gippsland Lakes.
Located 235 kilometers west of Melbourne, Grampians National Park receives more than 800,000 visitors each year. The local Aboriginals call this area Gariwerd. The Park was listed on the National Heritage List on 15 December 2006 for its outstanding natural beauty and being one of the richest Indigenous rock art sites in southeastern Australia. MacKenzie Falls is the largest of four falls in the MacKenzie River Gorge and one of the largest in the country.
Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), Victoria
Parks Victoria: Grampians National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Debris and destruction – a glimpse inside the Grampians National Park
The perfect seaside town? A visitor’s guide to Port Fairy
portfairyfolkfestival.com – Facebook – @PortFairyFF
For tens of thousands of years the Pyipgil Gundidj clan has gathered in ceremony on this country. Since 1977 the Port Fairy Folk Festival has been celebrated each year on the land of the Pyipgil Gundidj clans – on Peek Whurrong country. The Port Fairy Folk Festival pays their respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledges that the land we gather on each year for the Festival is the traditional lands of the Peek Whurrong people.
Point Nepean National Park
The council’s Walking Strategy encourages residents to walk rather than drive, to cycle and to use public transport and to learn about the great places and people in their neighbourhoods.
Walk Plan 2005-2010
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/walpeup-dryland-memorial-garden/5546810 (one of our favorite 2014 podcasts)
http://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au – @WarrnamboolCity
A stone arrangement known as Wurdi Youang in Victoria between Melbourne and Geelong raises questions about what Aboriginies observed and knew about the night sky.
Were Australian Aboriginies the first astronomers?
Worawa Aboriginal College is Victoria’s only Independent Aboriginal school and the first of only two Aboriginal community controlled boarding schools in Australia. Worawa is a boarding school for Aboriginal adolescents in years 7 to 10 offering transitional arrangements with partner schools for years 11 & 12. Located just 60 kilometres from Melbourne Worawa is situated on 65 hectares of picturesque rural land that was once part of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station.
Victoria’s Nature-Based Tourism Strategy 2008-2012 (2.83mb PDF) is the first major inter-agency strategy for nature-based tourism and has been jointly funded and guided by Tourism Victoria, Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). The development of the strategy was driven by the need to provide a coordinated and strategic approach to policy, planning, sustainable development and marketing of the nature-based tourism sector; and to optimise the economic, social and environmental benefits to Victoria.
The United Nations has declared part of southwest Victoria as a globally significant geological area. The area known as the Kanawinka Geopark is the first geopark in Australia, and the 57th in the world to be recognised by UNESCO.
Victoria’s proposed new National Park, just 60 km from Melbourne. From Healesville to Eildon, Kinglake to Baw Baw – a new vision for Victoria.
Moonlit Sanctuary is only 50 minutes south-east of central Melbourne, at the top of the Mornington Peninsula, and on the way to the Penguins on Phillip Island. Melbourne’s award winning wildlife park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bushland, meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals. At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.