Environment Conversation & Heritage Directory
Cultural Heritage Working Group Community Forest Management
– Community Forest Management
11 Bushmans Crescent
DRUMMOND VIC 3461
96 Mollison Street
KYNETON VIC 3444
To respect, honour and preserve Indigenous and European cultural heritage in order to enrich both the present and the future of our community, with particular emphasis on enabling protection of sacred and historical sites within the confines of the Wombat Forest.
We aim to do this by promoting spiritual, religious and historical values, and by research of protocols in conjunction with local and surrounding Indigeous groups, other relevant organisations and individuals.
The Intent of Cultural Heritage Working Group Community Forest Management:
Our group is a Working Group within the Community Forest Management Stewardship Council, the first of its kind in Australia, formed 13 October, 2004, after a 12 month period of Interim Stewardship which has brought many members of the community together to discuss issues concerning the Wombat Forest & its effects on the community.
We get involved in researching the cultural heritage of the Wombat Forest and surrounding area, in particularly the northern section of the forest which includes towns such as Daylesford, Trentham, Bullarto, Blackwood, Glenlyon, etc. Our members are a diverse group of people, with many interests, including history, conservation, community involvement, Indigenous affairs, and the future of the environment.
Recent Accomplishments of Cultural Heritage Working Group Community Forest Management:
Our group was successful in nominating a member for a seat on the Stewadship Council, which is the governing body of 11 such workshops, all of whom work under the auspices of the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Victoria.
Current Activities of Cultural Heritage Working Group Community Forest Management:
We are currently researching the possibility of opening a walking trail, from the historical Bullarto Railway Station to another point within the Wombat Forest. We are carrying out this research in conjunction with the Indigenous represenative of the Council, the Daylesford Historical Society and the Spa Country Historical Railway.
This involves mapping out a section of the trail from the Railway Station, which we have visited with a local resident who has knowledge of the station building and former residence site.