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Hunt welcomes call for community involvement for Point Nepean.



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HUNT WELCOMES CALL FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FOR POINT NEPEAN

Monday, 24 January 2005

Federal member for Flinders, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, commended the Point Nepean National Trust and Parks Victoria for their joint collaboration in calling for community participation in the development of an integrated draft management plan for the proposed National Park at Point Nepean.

Planning has now commenced for the creation of a fully integrated new National Park at Point Nepean incorporating existing land parcels managed by the State and Commonwealth Governments. The land in question is the 90 ha Former Quarantine Station and the 204 ha Former Range Area.

Mr Hunt said, “The Commonwealth is currently in the process of transferring the bulk of the bushland (the 204 ha site), to the Victorian Government for inclusion within the existing National Park.

In addition, the Federal Government has committed to a National Centre for Marine and Coastal Conservation, a Heritage Precinct and Children’s Respite Centre as the basis of the old quarantine station area.

$15 million has been committed to the Point Nepean Community Trust comprising a $5 million Commonwealth and $10 million philanthropic contribution. In addition, $9.7 million has been allocated to the Australian Maritime College to establish the National Centre for Marine and Coastal Conservation.”

Mr Hunt said, “I am also pleased that after almost two years, the State will allow Parks Victoria to collaborate on the preparation of an integrated draft management plan for the new National Park.

Members of the public and community organisations are invited and encouraged to participate in the planning process for the 204 hectares and implementation of the Heritage precinct including the Marine Centre.”

If you are interested in becoming involved in the planning process you can contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or contact Mike Forsyth at mforsyth@parks.vic.gov.au to get your registration form.