Parklands Albury Wodonga has developed a bush parks framework and philosophy based on the protection and restoration of the unused and degraded public lands in the Albury Wodonga region for conservation, recreation and heritage outcomes for the benefit of our community.
At the bottom of this page are attachments for specific sections of this Strategic Plan.
1998 to 2010
Our focus has been the Albury Wodonga hills and key riparian corridors, including;
- Large scale bush restoration across 1,900 hectares of degraded hill country
- 130km of environmental corridors fenced, revegetated and maintained.
- 92km of tracks, trails and basic park infrastructure established and maintained.
2010 to 2022
Our focus will shift to the Murray River and tributaries. Proposed actions include;
- 71km of Murray River frontages and environmental corridors to be fenced, revegetated and maintained;
- 99km of tracks and trails to provide reasonable bicycle, pedestrian, vehicle and boat access in accordance with the recreational and conservation characteristics of the locale;
- Manage visitor behaviour through community guardianship; and
- Co-management with Indigenous community.
Processes that will continue
Whilst we propose to shift our focus from the hills to the riparian landscape, there are important processes that will continue:
- Our commitment to a “partnership culture”, where partnerships are integral to how work gets accomplished and community connections are made. The community development “process” is as important as the “ends”.
- Longer term bush restoration processes. A shift in focus does not mean a withdrawal of all resources. We will continue to maintain the hill country through the philosophy of consistency over time, doing a little regularly throughout the years ensures longer term quality outcomes.
- Adaptive management. It is vital that we continue to monitor, review and improve, and expand the partnerships with whom we undertake this and share these learnings.
- Community and stakeholder involvement in planning stage. We have learnt that longer term community stewardship evolves when the regional community is involved in projects from the planning stage. This Strategic Plan identifies potential future projects and partners.
- Connecting the rivers to the hills. In addition to implementing Stage Two riparian works, we also plan to work with the regional community, landowners and stakeholders to build new partnerships for the joint implementation of Stage Three – connecting the rivers to the hills through existing and new bio-links.
Slopes to Summit Great Eastern Ranges Partnership
As a Slopes to Summit partner in the Great Eastern Ranges continental scale connectivity conservation project, this strategic plan identifies public land in this region where connectivity conservation will enable the expansion of the concepts of biodiversity and biological corridors to the landscape scale. The benefits include:
- Sustainability: Large scale landscape restoration involving a large number of people and partners, demonstrates what can be achieved when the community works together.
- Resilience to Climate Change: connected landscapes enable native flora and fauna to adapt.
- Restoration of most significant waterway in inland Australia: 37% of water in the Murray Darling Basin flows along this section of the Murray River.
- Recreation and Tourism are significant contributors to the economy, with around 8 million visitor days and $970 million being spent each year along the Murray River region.
- Healthy and Connected Communities: Parks are a community asset that sustain our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health.
Strategic Planning Process
Parklands Albury Wodonga has spent considerable time consulting with stakeholders and partner organisations in the development of the 2010 to 2022 Strategic Plan. As the attachments are "working documents", please get in touch with your suggestions and input.
Business Plan 2015
Strategic Plan 2010 to 2022
Murray River Action Plan 2012 - 2015 (Wodonga to Wahgunyah)
Kiewa River Action Plan 2012 - 2015 (Killara to Kiewa Tangambalanga)
High Country Rail Trail Action Plan 2012 - 2015 (Wodonga to Corryong)