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Have your say on the Port Franklin Crown Reserves Management Plan

THE Draft Port Franklin Crown Reserves Management Plan has been prepared by the Port Franklin Public Purposes and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) to provide direction and a vision for the management of Crown Reserves in the Port Franklin township for the next five years.

The Plan has also had input from South Gippsland Shire Council, Parks Victoria, Gippsland Ports and the local community.

DEPI Senior Environmental Planner, Angie Gutowski said a key vision for the management of the reserves is for visitors, both local and tourists to find well-maintained public facilities in a remote, low key yet easily accessible location.

“There are a number of key recommendations in the draft plan that will help protect the natural environment of these Crown Reserves and provide access and facilities for recreational users,” Ms Gutowski said.

“We need to consider car parking, visitor areas, landscaping, boating (jetties) and commercial requirements, all in one plan.”

“Some key strategies include looking at opportunities to improve existing facilities, revegetation and weed management, monitoring of erosion and protecting cultural features.”

“We’re looking for public comment on the draft plan from local residents and interested members of the public so we can move forward with the management of and improvements to the reserves.”

DEPI and the Committee are now seeking comments on the draft Management Plan from local residents and interested members of the public.

Copies of the draft plan may be viewed at DEPI Regional offices in Yarram, Traralgon and Leongatha, at the Parks Victoria office in Foster or by visiting: www.dse.vic.gov.au/coasts-andmarine/ coasts/publications

Please complete and return the feedback submission form by Monday 9 September 2013 to:

Angie Gutowski
DEPI
310 Commercial Road
Yarram, 3971

Fax 5182 6157
or email angie.gutowski@depi.vic.gov.au.

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