The following communication was received on 30th March from Parks Victoria. It relates to the consideration, by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, of an Interim Protection Declaration for Taylor’s Rock/Declaration Crag (at Mount Arapiles).
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is considering whether to make an interim protection declaration in relation to a Barengi Gadjin Aboriginal place known as ‘Dyurrite 1’ in Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park.
Dyurrite 1 is at Taylors Rock (Declaration Crag), where Aboriginal rock art and other cultural heritage values were rediscovered last year.
The interim protection declaration would provide legally-enforceable protection for this Aboriginal cultural heritage place.
Before making a decision, the Minister must give people and organisations who are likely to be affected by the proposal an opportunity to be heard.
Aboriginal Victoria is managing this process, with details on how to make a submission at: https://engage.vic.gov.au/proposed-interim-protection-declaration-barengi-gadjin
Information about interim protection declarations can be found on the Aboriginal Victoria website at: https://www.aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/aboriginal-heritage-protection-declarations-and-cultural-heritage-agreements
As the land co-manager, Parks Victoria will implement any decision made by the Minister.
While Aboriginal Victoria is managing this process, we will continue to support our community stakeholders by sharing information.
Beyond this current process, Parks Victoria and Barengi Gadjin Land Council will continue to provide information to the community about ongoing Aboriginal cultural heritage values assessments and processes for Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park.
If you know others who would like to receive ongoing communication about the management of cultural heritage at Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park, they can sign up via this link https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/74915B7A7DC0CA942540EF23F30FEDED