Capturing the social history that led to the creation of the world-first system of marine national parks and sanctuaries in Victoria.
In 2002 a system of Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries was established after over 10 years of community campaigning.
In this podcast series we capture the social history that led to the creation of the world-first system of marine national parks and sanctuaries in Victoria.
Our Marine National Parks podcast episodes 1–6 brings together a number of perspectives to outline how particular natural spaces – in our case the underwater world – entered the public imagination of Victorians and sparked a political discussion that led to their wider protection.
Find out how this newly found and enlivened public concern for the marine environment helped to shape a broader conversation about the protection of biodiversity values, and deeper human and ecological connections.
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Photo credit: Kade Mills
We celebrate the achievements that the Victorian community has initiated over the past decades including the creation of our system of Marine National Parks and sanctuaries in 2002.
We pay our tribute to the political legacy of previous community activism, so we’ll look closely at the community-led campaign that lasted more than 10 years leading to the creation of the world-first system of Marine National Parks and sanctuaries. We hear from two of the community organisers, who got the ball rolling.
National Parks are one of the few mechanisms that we have that protect “whole ecosystems,” which is different to looking at individual threatened species. From a natural resource management perspective, our Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries are sites of complex interactions and multiple interests.
Many researchers and land managers have dedicated their working lives to the protection of our beautiful National Parks. Their work on environmental awareness connects to the work of community advocates, who are often driven to dedication through passion.
In this our final episode on the marine environment of Victoria, we take a seat inside a workshop that took place in 2019, focused on partnerships between organisations and groups that are caring for country, Sea Country. We’ll explain what is known as ‘Nyamat Meering ‘ – referred to in the phrase ‘sea country’ – as we work towards understanding roles and definitions of rightsholders, stakeholders and the many different modes of engagement for local inhabitants in this watery space.
In order to do that we will be visiting Gunditjmara country and will speak with Damein Bell, CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners’ Aboriginal Corporation, and group of Gunditj Mirring staff. Gunditj Mirring represents the Native Title interests of the Gunditjmara people
This episode is copyright of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.
It was produced in collaboration with Federation of Victorian Traditonal Owner Corporations (FVTOC), Gunditj Mirring and VNPA.
Establishing the marine national parks network in Victoria in 2002 was a remarkable achievement. But now, almost 20 years on, the network still has significant gaps, with important marine wildlife and habitats still left unprotected.
We have a lot more work to do. More information on the work VNPA is doing for marine national parks and sanctuaries.
This project is supported by the Victorian State Government
We acknowledge that Victoria’s coastline includes the traditional lands and waters of Australian first peoples and we extend our respect to all traditional owner groups in Victoria.
If you enjoyed our Marine National Parks podcast, perhaps you would also like to listen to our other podcast on the Little Desert.