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.
Action Plans to deliver of this Strategic Plan are currently being reviewed and updated by the Board of Parklands Albury Wodonga, which includes consultation with community and neighbours.
1998 to 2010
Our focus: 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 2021
Our focus: Murray River and tributaries, including;
- 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.
2021 to 2031
Our focus is to sustain the on-ground efforts and partnerships that will see completion of our longer term park specific action plans:
• Consult with Traditional Owner Groups and foster co-management and partnerships with First Nations people
• Help community and nature adapt to a changing climate through large scale revegetation of connected corridors
• Protect our old growth trees and threatened species habitats
• Improve the visitor experience, access and online information
• Provide quality volunteering and engagement activities that connect a broad cross section of the community with nature
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 our Strategic and Business Plan, and the Action Plans that flow from it.
Please follow the links below to view the Parklands Strategic Plan 2021-2031, local Action Plan summaries and a report on the 2021 River Access Survey that has informed these plans.
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Parklands Albury Wodonga Strategic Plan 2021-2031
Murray River Action Plan 2021-2024 (Summary)
Report - River Access Survey 2021