|Grampians Peaks Trail Master Plan community consultation and next steps|
The consultation process was held over a four week period, with the public comment period closing on 11 June. The process was designed to inform community members about the trail concept and vision and enable attendees to share their views with the project team.
Parks Victoria would like to thank those who participated in the consultation process and submitted feedback. All comments received have been important in shaping the development of the master plan.
Community briefings were held during May in Halls Gap, Wartook and Dunkeld. The project team also held one-on-one briefings in the region and in Melbourne with several key stakeholders including local Traditional Owner groups, the Victorian National Parks Association and Bushwalking Victoria to capture their views on the development of the plan.
Opportunities were also made available for interested parties to provide input via email and through an online survey. Eighty-nine written comments were received and over 100 community members attended the community briefings.
The consultation process identified several consistent themes including:
A strong desire to recognise the park’s cultural and natural values within the plan.
Concern regarding the provision for potential private sector development in national parks.
Desire for the Grampians Peaks Trail to cater for a diverse range of visitors.
A keen interest in how towns and communities surrounding the park will benefit and connect to the trail.
Interest in understanding the additional planning work and resources required for the Grampians Peaks Trail to be operational.
All views expressed during the community briefings, written feedback received via email and results from the online survey are being considered in the preparation of the final master plan. Once the plan is completed and it has received the relevant approvals it will be released to the public.