26 September 2023

Views invited on National Park plan

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The Department for Environment and Water in partnership with the Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park Co-management Board has invited interested members of the community to register their views on the future management of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park and 11 conservation parks across the Yorke Peninsula.

The Department and Park have developed a draft management plan to guide the future direction of parks in the region, setting the future of the parks, including four management themes, each with their own objectives and strategies.

Regional Manager for National Parks and Wildlife Service for the Yorke and Mid North, Craig Nixon said key stakeholders Narungga Traditional Owners, as well as technical experts and park managers, provided input and guidance on the objectives and strategies outlined in the plan.

“This plan builds on the previous management plans and amendments, and incorporates the traditional knowledge, culture, and spirituality of Narungga People, particularly for Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park,” Mr Nixon said.

“The parks in this plan will be managed to improve the integrity of important ecological communities, to strengthen Narungga culture and heritage and protect important sites, to minimise impacts to the natural ecological processes that support life in the parks, and to enable people to experience the natural, cultural, and heritage aspects of the parks”, he said.

“Partnering with Narungga and continuing to provide high-quality nature-based experiences are key directions specific to the management of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park.”

Chair of the Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park Co-management Board Doug Milera said Narungga Country was the Narungga People’s traditional place which was sacred and contained their connection and belonging across the land and sea.

“It is just as important today as it has been in the past that we endeavour to safeguard, preserve and protect what is now known as Yorke Peninsula,” Mr Milera said.

“Also, just as important is preserving the way of life, culture, and history of my people, and allowing for developmental opportunities and economic prosperity for future generations,” he said.

“We welcome visitors to share these parks with us, to continue to enjoy them, and to look after them together.”

To have a say on the future management of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park as well as other parks across Yorke Peninsula the YourSAy website can be accessed at this PS News link.

Submissions close at 5pm, 30 November 2022.

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