Dja Dja Wurrung Walking Together—Balak Kalik Manya Update
The Consultation Draft Management Plan for the Kalimna Park joint management project has just been released. It is an excellent presentation of the origins and context of this project and its location, showing how it fits with Djaara aims and values and the values, threats and actions identified in Kalimna Park.
Friends of Kalimna Park are encouraged to read the Draft and to provide feedback. The Draft Plan has been partly shaped by earlier consultation with the community and our ongoing interest and involvement are important.
Djandak Project Manager Harley Douglas said:
Since workshopping our management plans with Djaara members, community members, and government stakeholders, our respective management plans for Kalimna Park and Wildflower Drive have now reached a draft phase and are ready for review and comments by impassioned stakeholders. Djandak are seeking your feedback as a user of either park who can provide valued subjective knowledge that we might not have considered within our current draft plans.
The draft management plans will be housed on Djandak’s webpage for a few weeks before taking both plans offline to revise and incorporate the relevant comments and suggestions. Djandak will then finalise the management plans, including design elements, and place back on our website for people to view permanently.
Here is the link to our webpage and the Walking Together- Balak Kalik Manya section- http://djandak.com.au/projects/walking-together-balak-kalik-manya
All comments can be provided either by downloading and commenting directly into the document (using the comment function in Adobe) and sending back through to myself, or provide comments in an email to me (email@example.com) with relevant sections clearly labelled (e.g. ‘Value 7- I think that…’, or ‘Strategy 29- …’).
Gorse Grooming at Moonlight Creek
Following a lot of weed removal and control since Balak Kalik Manya started, the Djandak crew has recently tackled the major gorse infestation at the top of Moonlight Creek, using a Bobcat to smash and flatten the gorse. The previously impenetrable area is now opened up and ready for further weed control and possible revegetation. Friends of Kalimna Park were involved with Parks Victoria in a similar project in the gully at the top of Lyttleton Street c. 2003 with good results.
Kalimna Point Visitor Project Listening Post, Thursday 20 May
From Harley Douglas:
Djandak are organising a listening post for the Castlemaine community to drop in and voice any considerations you may have around the proposed creation of visitor facilities at the Fletcher Street entrance to Kalimna Park.
After consulting with Djaara and local community members for the Kalimna Park Management Plan, we identified the need for a main visitor entrance and interpretation area for Kalimna Park that can connect people from the Castlemaine town centre to Kalimna Park and surrounding bushland.
Djandak engaged Pollen Studio to develop draft concept designs for construction of a shelter, toilets, carparking, all-ability access into the site, landscaping, gardening, along with signage which will create a new visitation area and trailhead to disembark from.
Djandak’s Listening Post will run at 11.00 on 20 May at the Fletcher Street entrance to Kalimna Park.
Friends of Kalimna Park 2020 AGM
Our belated AGM on 20 February was a good discussion. The formal outcomes were:
—no change to membership fees
—the following committee members re-elected unopposed.
Vice President—Jeremy Holland
Ordinary Members—Lyndell Green
We are always pleased to hear from our members about their interests in the Park and there are many ways to be involved.