Support Traditional Owners as custodians of the Strathbogie Forest

Support Traditional Owners as custodians of the Strathbogie Forest

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Bertram Lobert started this petition to The Hon. Ms Lily D'Ambrosio (Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change)

The Strathbogie Forest is at a turning point. In 2019 the Victorian government recognized the significant natural values of the forest, ceased all native forest logging, created an Immediate Protection Area and committed to creating a 'conservation reserve' across the entire 24,000 ha IPA. Whilst nature conservation is a priority for the forest, and we must make sure it remains as such, empowering Traditional Owners to heal country and pursue self determination is no less important.

Giving Traditional Owners a leading role in public land management, policy development and operational decision-making will go a long way toward healing country and culture. This forest should become a place where indigenous cultural values and practices underpin a flourishing forest ecosystem, one that becomes and remains part of Victoria's parks and reserves estate. 

We call on the Victorian government to recognize the Taungurung people as custodians of the Strathbogie Forest and protect their rights, interests and cultural values. 

Save Our Strathbogie Forest

PS We're not fundraising, so it's fine to just sign and decline the 'chip-in'. But please do share, especially with friends and in the Victorian community.

For more information - VEAC Assessment of the values of the Strathbogie Ranges IPA, including Values, rights and interests of Traditional Owners

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