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Joint Management

Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plans

The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board invites all Dja Dja Wurrung People to contribute to how best to manage the six parks that make up the Appointed Land held as Aboriginal Title. These parks are the Greater Bendigo National Park; Hepburn Regional Park; Paddys Ranges State Forest; Kara Kara National Park; Kooyoora State Park and Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve.

From May 2017 through to August 2018, there will be a number of Focus Group meetings and gatherings where we will be listening to your experiences, connections to the parks, ideas, hopes and concerns. Some of these gatherings will be trips onto country to visit some of the parks. The Focus Groups will support Dja Dja Wurrung People to have input to the Joint Management Plan (JMP). The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) will consider and decide on any Dja Dja Wurrung information to be included in the JMP.

To help with understanding the process we have provided a link to a flow chart explaining how the development of the Joint Management Plan will progress.

Survey and Map for DDWCAC Members

Survey and Map

Use your DDWCAC log-in to take you into a pass-word protected private area to complete the survey. We are committed to protecting the Intellectual Property of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. By participating in this survey you are entering an Intellectual Property Agreement, prepared by the DDWCAC, for the information to be used in preparation of the Joint Management Plan. Check details of the IP Agreement here.

If you have questions you can see a copy of the DDWCAC Intellectual Property and Research Policy and Procedure here. The DDWCAC is the decision-maker about any incorporation of Dja Dja Wurrung information in the JMP. We are committed to protecting the Intellectual Property of the Dja Dja Wurrung People.

Other opportunities for input

Non-DDWCAC members can complete an public Interactive Map SurveyThe Parks Victoria web-site (here) also provides a Community Survey together with Consent Information and information about opportunities to have input through Information Sharing Workshops.

Non DDWCAC members please follow the PV link to find this information before completing the survey and map The survey provides you with an opportunity to share information on the values and issues within the six parks that make up the Appointed Land held as Aboriginal Title, and the interactive map allows you to provide information about places of particular interest.

Community Engagement

The project team are engaging with DDW People through Focus Groups, Board meetings, the AGM and a cultural competency day.

DDWCAC Focus Group Meetings:

Sunday 13th August 2017, time tba
Focus Group: On-country trip to Kooyoora National Park, including workshop on Conservation Action Planning (CAP)

Sunday 8th October 2017, time tba
Focus Group: On-country trip to Paddys Ranges State Park and Kara Kara National Park

Saturday 2nd December 2017, time tba
DDWCAC AGM meeting: On-country at Yapenya. Display from project including interactive mapping.

Sunday 11th February 2018, time tba
Focus Group: On-country trip to Greater Bendigo National Park, input to draft Joint Management Plan

Sunday 12th August 2018, time tba
Venue tba
Focus Group: input to the final Joint Management Plan/s

DDWCAC Board Meetings about the JMP

Saturday 28th October 2018,
DDWCAC Board meeting: Deciding on the Dja Dja Wurrung content for the report on Engagement in the JMP

Saturday 24th February 2018,
DDWCAC Board meeting: Deciding on the Dja Dja Wurrung content in the draft Joint Management Plan/s

Saturday 25th August 2018, time tba
Venue tba
DDWCAC Board meeting: Deciding on the Dja Dja Wurrung content in the final Joint

DDWCAC Annual Generatl Meeting

Saturday 2 December at ………………..

An interactive mapping display and update on progress with the draft Joint Management Plan will be available at this event.

Cultural competency day with partners

Saturday 7th April 2018, tbc
Venue tba Cultural competency day with partners on transition to the JMP

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Engagement with Dja Dja Wurrung People

  • Phase 1 – Informing the Dja Dja Wurrung engagement process

Dhelkunya DJa Land Management Board recognises and respects the role and responsibility of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to engage and represent the views of Dja Dja Wurrung People.  DDLMB and DDWCAC worked together to develop a best-practice approach to engagement and prior informed consent.

This phase of the Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plan/s finished in July 2017.

  • Phase 2 – Hearing all the voices

With the support from DDWCAC, there will be a mix of Focus Group meetings, on-country visits to some of the parks, and opportunities to input information online.  We will be listening to your views to ensure we hear all perspectives.

This phase of Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plan/s will run from June to October 2017.

  • Phase 3 – Understanding the issues

A presentation at the DDWCAC Board in October and the AGM in December will update Dja Dja Wurrung People. Feedback from “hearing all voices” will be posted online.

This phase of Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plan/s will run from November 2017 to March 2018.

  • Phase 4 – Reaching solutions

The Focus Group will have input and the DDWCAC Board make decisions about the draft JMP before it goes back to the DDLM Board. A Draft of the Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plan/s will be posted online. Broad based community input will be sought on the Draft to confirm support and identify issues regarding proposed approach to the future of the six parks. 

This phase of Dja Dja Wurrung Appointed Land Joint Management Plan/s will run from April to June 2018.

  • Phase 5 – Finalising the Joint Management Plan/s

All community input will be considered and responses to address the issues raised identified and made public.  The Focus Group will have input and the DDWCAC Board make decisions about the draft JMP before it goes back to the DDLM Board for finalisation and presentation to the Minister in September 2018.