Engagement Summary Report and updated management plan now available

Thanks to everyone that participated in our Anglesea Heath Establishment Project consultation. An Engagement Summary Report providing a summary of the activities and findings of the community and stakeholder engagement process is now available.

The amended Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park Management Plan identifies the management commitments Parks Victoria has made to ensure the project delivers what the community asked for in the Anglesea Heath section of the park.

Overview

In 2017, the state government set aside $2.2 million to ensure that the 6,510-hectares of heathlands are protected and enjoyed as an important natural, social and community asset. This new section of national park is now known as the Great Otway National Park (Anglesea Heath).

The Great Otway National Park (Anglesea Heath) is one of the richest and most biodiverse areas in the state. It accounts for one quarter of Victoria’s plant species, and provides habitat for 29 recorded mammal species and more than 100 native bird species.

In consultation with the community, Parks Victoria developed and reviewed project proposals and priorities in 2019. A key outcome identified through the community engagement process was to increase protection of the heath’s environmental and cultural values, while supporting suitable community activities.

The Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park Management Plan (management plan) has now been updated to include Anglesea Heath while incorporating agreed changes to the area identified through the community engagement process. Please see the attached management plan for your information.

Parks Victoria is now undertaking detailed planning and delivery of agreed projects and priorities in the area. This includes the provision of improved recreation opportunities and community use facilities, such as the shared-use of new Management Vehicle Only Tracks to improve safety and access for non-motorised activities and the delivery of the Heathland Bushwalking Trail, Bunjil Viewing Platform and a Camping Ground on Gum Flats Road, Anglesea.

Other works being delivered in the Great Otway National Park (Anglesea Heath) include road upgrades, environmental rehabilitation, scientific research, regulatory enforcement and weed and phytophthora cinnamomic (cinnamon fungus) control.

Above: Members of ANGAIR and Friends of Eastern Otway’s enjoying the new visitor area in the Anglesea Heath section of the Great Otway National Park (Credit: Saul Vermeeren)