Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre will be reinvigorated for 2021 as the site is reopened under a new strategic partnership between traditional owner corporations and Parks Victoria.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal corporation, Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Aboriginal corporation form the committee, which aims to work with Parks Victoria to plan improvements and cultural programs in the centre.
Brambuk has received $5.8 million from the 2021 Victorian state budget for this process, which will go towards upgrades to the Aboriginal cultural centre, activity spaces for visitors and new environmental and cultural programs.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal corporation chief executive Marcus Clarke said he is delighted to see the centre reopening coming into a busy tourism period.
"The announcement of a funding injection is extremely welcome. It will support the reinvigoration of Brambuk, enrich visitors' cultural experiences and enhance employment opportunities for the community," Mr Clarke said.
Barengi Gadjin Land Council chief executive Michael Stewart said the traditional owners community welcomes the investment into the centre.
"Our communities have been part of Brambuk since its inception and the new works will build on the past 30 years of cultural experiences that millions of visitors have enjoyed at Brambuk and in the Gariweld cultural landscape," Mr Stewart said.
Under the improvements, Brambuk aims to be the launching point for the new 160km Grampians peaks trail, which is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2021.
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