LCSDP Objectives and Activities
6. To develop sustainable natural resources, tourism and education employment clusters for the far southwest Victorian community.
The focus on sustainable development offers the opportunity to develop employment in many areas including education, natural resources management, primary industries and tourism. The LCSDP seeks to provide new employment and enterprise opportunities for the southwest Victoria community.
Since 2002, the ongoing working relationship between the Gunditjmara, the Winda Mara corporation and LCDSP participants has attracted wide range of funded resources for consultative research and planning activities including land acquisition, construction of the weir, caring for country, engagement in the timber industry, tourism development, education and training to the Budj Bim landscape.
Activities that worked towards addressing the objective of sustainable employment clusters include:
- LCSDP Masterplan 2002
- Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape Sustainable Tourism Plan 2007
- Budj Bim Lake Condah Restoration Eel Production Capacity Report 2008
- Budj Bim Smoked Eel Business and Marketing Plan 2008
- 'Lake Condah Learning' Development Plan 2009
- Budj Bim Tours Company Business & Marketing Plan 2010
The successful 2007 Gunditjmara native title consent determination consolidated and resourced the capacity of the traditional owners to manage cultural heritage, native title, property ownership and management and engagement with the broader community, government and industry.
In 2010, Winda Mara was included onto the Indigenous Employment Panel with the Australian Government to strengthen its work increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the far southwest of Victoria.
With the significant milestone of restoring Lake Condah with water now achieved, the planning activities from the past decade can be acted upon to progress the objective of sustainable employment clusters in the fields of natural resources management, tourism and education. Several existing plans are scheduled to be reviewed and updated during 2011 including landscape planning for sustainable tourism as well as the development of commercial traditional aquaculture products..