Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Grampian Management Plan – Rock Climbing

My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last week the Grampians management plan was released, which tries to balance the need to preserve Indigenous heritage with the hobby, lifestyle and tourist attraction of rock climbing. As a result, there are 66 sites, including world-renowned elite rock-climbing spots, that have been declared incompatible with climbing. I do not envy the position of trying to balance these two conflicting points of view; however, I have been contacted by a number of tourism operators and passionate climbers who feel they have not been spoken to or considered in the process thus far. I understand that Parks Victoria are accepting submissions until January, so it would be appreciated if they could receive information about these sessions. My question therefore is: what tourism operators or similar have been consulted thus far, and do you envisage the management plan will be altered based on further consultation?


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