Purpose and Scope of Barmah National Park Joint Management Plan

Barmah National Park in north-central Victoria was proclaimed on 29 June 2010 following a recommendation to the State Government by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council. It covers 28 505 hectares of floodplain forests and wetlands along the southern bank of Dhungalla (the Murray River) between the towns of Barmah and Tocumwal, approximately 220 kilometres north of Melbourne.

The park is located on the traditional Country of the Yorta Yorta people, who are formally recognised by the Victorian Government as the Traditional Owner Group for Yorta Yorta Country, based on traditional and cultural associations with the land. The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) is recognised as the Traditional Owner Group Entity for the Yorta Yorta people. It is also the Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic.) with decision-making responsibilities for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage, and other matters, within the RAP area.

In 2010 the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the State of Victoria, entered into a Traditional Owner Land Management Agreement (TOLMA) with the YYNAC over Barmah National Park under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987 (Vic.). The TOLMA:

The objectives of joint management under the TOLMA are to establish an equitable partnership between the State of Victoria and Yorta Yorta which:

Under the TOLMA, the Joint Management Plan must cover:

The JMP must also set out a statement of objectives for achieving sustainable management of the park.

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