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  • Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park

    Management Plan

    April 2020

  • Authorised and published by Parks Victoria Level 10, 535 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Copyright © Parks Victoria 2020 This Management Plan for Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park is approved for implementation. Its purpose is to direct management of the parks until the plan is reviewed. The 1998 plan was finalised following consideration of the 17 submissions received on the Draft Plan. The 2020 amendment was finalised following consideration of input received during a two month consultation period, where over 600 people provided feedback on proposed changes to the plan. For further information Phone: 13 1963 Copies may be downloaded from the Parks Victoria website (www.parkweb.vic.gov.au) or purchased from: Parks Victoria Information Centre Level 10, 535 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Phone: 13 1963

  • AMENDMENTS

    The following amendments to the Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park Management Plan (1998) were approved by the Parks Victoria Board on 28 April 2020. Amend second sentence of Summary to:

    Their natural values, the Lysterfield Lake and panoramic views of Melbourne and nearby ranges make the Parks an attractive setting for activities including mountain biking, picnicking, bushwalking, sailing, windsurfing and horse riding.

    Amend first paragraph of 1.3 Significance of the Parks to include:

    Mountain biking is a key activity in the park, with the extensive trail network recognised as a regionally significant recreation asset.

    Amend 1.3 Cultural values to include: All of Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park are areas of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity.

    Amend 1.5 Legislation and guidelines to include:

    Western Port and South-east Melbourne Conservation Action Plan (Parks Victoria, 2020).

    Amend 1.6 Park management aims (Other) to:

    Co-operate with local, State and interstate government authorities, Traditional Owners, the community and other interested organisations to assist in the management of the Parks.

    Amend 3.5 Cultural heritage by inserting the following sentence at the beginning of the second paragraph:

    Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, all of Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park are areas of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity.

    Amend 3.5 Cultural heritage (management strategies) by including:

    Protect Aboriginal cultural heritage through the cultural heritage management planning process prior to

    any new works. Amend 5.1 The Park visitor by changing to:

    The Parks offer three distinctive visitor experiences. Lysterfield Lake visitor area caters for water-based recreation and has facilities for large numbers of visitors. The forest settings, hilltops and northern fringes of the Lake offer solitude, close to nature experiences and good views. The extensive mountain bike trail network offers an exciting range of trails catering to all abilities, including a skills park to help new users learn and practice new skills.

    Amend 5.1 The Park visitor by changing to: In 2018-19 the parks received over 1.2 million visitors, making them one of Parks Victoria’s most popular areas in the State. The parks are a valuable green refuge within a suburban context which provide the local population with opportunities for nature-based recreation; visitors from further afield are drawn to the regionally significant mountain bike trails which cater to a range of ages and abilities.

    Amend 5.1 The Park visitor by removing: Entry fees are collected at Lysterfield Park during weekends and peak periods over summer and on public holidays. Fees are not currently collected at Churchill National Park.

    Amend 5.2.1 Vehicle access (Management strategies) to include:

    Liaise with Casey City Council to develop a parking area outside the park to accommodate horse floats.

    Amend 5.2.2 Day visits by changing: Churchill National Park attracts over 80 000 people per year, mostly during spring and autumn. Lysterfield Park attracts over 120 000 people per year, mostly during summer.

    TO The parks attract over 1.2 million people per year, mostly during summer.

  • Amend 5.2 Visitor recreation activities and facilities to include the following section for Mountain Biking:

    5.2. Mountain Biking The park provides extensive opportunities for mountain bike riding, with a trail network that caters to all age groups and levels of ability. Mountain bike riding is permitted on open roads and vehicular tracks, shared management vehicle/walking/bike tracks and mountain bike trails (figure 5 and appendix 4). The ‘Statewide Mountain Bike Guideline’ sets out guidelines for safe cycling and methods to minimise the impacts of bicycle riding on park values. All mountain bike trails are rated for difficulty to assist users to ride within their ability. Aims Provide opportunities for mountain

    bike riding. Protect park values and avoid

    conflicts with the activities of other park visitors.

    Management strategies Manage mountain biking, including

    e-Bikes/power-assisted bicycles, in accordance with the Parks Victoria mountain bike policy.

    Permit mountain bike riding on open roads and vehicular tracks, shared management vehicle/walking/bike tracks and mountain bike trails in accordance with figure 5 and appendix 4.

    Prohibit power-assisted bicycles that don't meet the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act (1983) definition of a bicycle are prohibited on all tracks and trails within the park.

    Prohibit cycling on ‘walkers only’ tracks.

    Provide opportunities for new mountain bike trails within the conservation and recreation zone in both Lysterfield Park and Churchill National Park. New trails are required to meet Parks Victoria’s state-wide mountain bike guidelines, and are conditional on environmental and cultural heritage assessments.

    Prohibit new trail development within the Conservation Zone and within areas subject to the Special Protection Area overlay.

    Where appropriate promote single direction policy on blue (more difficult) and black (very difficult and extremely difficult) graded trails.

    Maintain shared management vehicle/walking/bike tracks to ensure rider and pedestrian safety.

    Encourage bike riders to adhere to the industry ‘Mountain Biking Code’.

    Support mountain biking groups to volunteer to maintain tracks in the park.

    Amend 5.3 Visitor information and interpretation (Management strategies) to include:

    Provide mountain biking specific information such as trail maps and the mountain biking code to encourage safe riding.

    Amend 5.4 Commercial operations (Management strategies) to include:

    Work with local council and stakeholders to manage its interface at the park entrance as there is currently a proposed café development adjoining Lysterfield Park entrance. This will include pedestrian flow, car parking space and safety for all users.

    Amend Appendix 2 Significant Fauna to include Southern Toadlet (Pseudophryne semimarmorata), listed as vulnerable on the Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria (2014).

  • AMENDMENTS

    Amend Table 1 Management Zones and Overlays to reflect revised management zoning and overlays.

    TABLE 1 MANAGEMENT ZONES AND OVERLAYS

    ZONE OVERLAY

    CONSERVATION & RECREATION

    CONSERVATION RECREATION DEVELOPMENT

    SPECIAL PROTECTION AREA

    SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA

    AREA / LOCATION

    1513 ha of the park. Most of the Parks.

    193 ha of the park 18 ha (1%) of the park. Main visitor areas.

    447 ha (26%) of the park 45 ha (2,6%) of the park.

    VALUES Registered Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites and Environmental values including native vegetation (relatively weed‐free to weed‐infested), native fauna populations, non‐ indigenous eucalypts, pasture and the Lake.

    Provides primarily for protection of environmental values

    Provides primarily for high use visitor nodes with a concentration of recreation and/or interpretation facilities.

    Registered Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites and overall an area of Aboriginal cultural sensitivity. Very high value of wetland, riparian and swamp habitat and resident flora and fauna species including endangered and depleted Ecological Vegetation Classes.

    Significant state‐wide infrastructure commitments.

    GENERAL MANAGEMENT AIM

    Protection of environmental and cultural values while allowing for recreation. Dispersed recreation and tourism activities are encouraged. The level of activities and small‐scale recreation facilities are provided without significant impact on natural processes. Further recreation development would only be considered after on‐ground assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values.

    Protection of environmental and cultural values while allowing for recreation.

    Small areas with a high level of facility development catering for high numbers of visitors.

    Protect specific natural or cultural values in specific areas and sites where a special management focus is required. Further recreation development in the Special Protection Area is not