Parks Victoria is currently undertaking a review of the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan ‘to reflect government policy and community views.’ As taken from the Parks Victoria website:
‘The renewal seeks to validate the information and strategic intent of the draft master plan released in 2010 and build on knowledge gathered during engagement in 2010-2016.’
After reviewing the extensive report, the National Trust is generally supportive of the Master Plan, which includes discussion of site context, themes, vision, interpretation strategies, activation strategies for the Quarantine Station and an implementation strategy. The adaptive re-use of the Quarantine Station in particular is essential for ensuring the protection and conservation of Point Nepean’s natural and cultural values for the enjoyment of future generations.
The National Trust is pleased that appropriate consultation has been undertaken with the Traditional Owners. It is clear that the knowledge and understanding gained through this consultation has informed the key initiatives of the Master Plan at a number of levels, and Parks Victoria can be commended for this aspect of the plan. The National Trust welcomes the holistic approach that Parks Victoria has taken to developing an interpretation strategy for the site. The proposed inclusive interpretations would have positive benefits for the community in terms of telling the layers of complex histories that the site holds.
In providing constructive feedback in response to the Master Plan, in our submission the National Trust focused attention on additional measures to protect the natural values of the Point Nepean National Park, which should be a priority in the ongoing protection and activation of the site into the future. We recommended that strategies should be developed to ensure that access is carefully managed, and that increased access across the site does not adversely impact on the natural and cultural values of the place. The National Trust also strongly believes that this plan is worthy of bipartisan support, which is essential given the last ten years of indecision has slowed down progress of conservation and finding a suitable, ongoing use for the site. Bipartisan agreement on the future of Point Nepean would give confidence to the community that the Master Plan would be supported and funded in the long-term.
To read our submission in full, click here.