MOUNT Eccles National Park has been earmarked for a name change under a draft management plan for south-west Victorian parks, reserves and Gunditjmara community properties.
It would be called Mount Eccles Budj Bim National Park, but the volcanic peak would remain Mount Eccles.
The draft plan out for public comment says the inactive volcano was named by European explorer Major Thomas Mitchell in the 1840s after William Eeles — who fought with Mitchell in the 95th Regiment of Foot in the Peninsular War (1807-14) — but a draftsman’s error altered the name to Eccles.
It is proposed the area near Macarthur would be managed through the Budj Bim Council and government departments as Victoria’s first co-operatively-managed national park.
This would aim to achieve ecological and cultural objectives through joint decision making.
“This process will be adaptive, respectful, mutually responsive and involve listening and learning together,” the report says.
“Community comment on the proposal will feed into the renaming process.
“Joint decision making will direct land management programs such as pest and animal control, managing the koala population and fire.
“Shared goals will help care for Gunditjmara country and improve the health of the woodlands from years of drought and impacts of koala overpopulation.”
It is proposed to use traditional methods in managing the environment and have cultural interpretation tours and a walking trail linked to Lake Condah.
The draft plan is available on the Parks Victoria website and from the department’s offices in Warrnambool and Melbourne.