Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut
(Formally known as the Barwon River Parklands Project)
“Places of many stories”
What is Kitjarra-dja-bull Bullarto langi-ut?
Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut is an initiative to increase public access to the unique environmental, cultural, and recreational values of the Barwon and Moorabool Rivers. The project area extends from the Moorabool River at Meredith, through to the Barwon River in Geelong and onto Barwon Heads (as shown by shaded area).
The project encompasses an extensive corridor of river frontage on Wadawurrung Country, including the internationally recognised Lake Connewarre wetlands and the spectacular Barwon River estuary. Kitjarra- dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut is the Wadawurrung name for the project previously known as the Barwon River Parklands and translates to “places of many stories”.
That Kitjarra-dja-bul bullarto langi-ut is a well – connected, diverse and healthy waterway landscape, that balances recreation, conservation, respect of place and culture, as well as provides for everyday enjoyment of nature, community, liveability and wellbeing.
Our Name and Logo
The project name Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut was assigned by Wadawurrung Traditional Owners translating to “places of many stories”. The logo was developed by Wadawurrung artist Chloe Chatterton through a process run by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation. In Chloe’s words “The Barwon and Moorabool Rivers were used as ‘highways’ and gathering places for our Old People to tell our Stories. My art shows how the rivers were used to connect our People, tell our stories and how the rivers cared for our Dja. The two hands represent the healing of our Country.”
The project is a partnership between a number of government agencies with a shared interest in improving the amenity of the river corridor. The project governance structure consists of a Strategic Advisory Committee providing high level guidance for the project and a Working Group to deliver the project actions with administration and project management provided by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority:
What are we doing now?
Masterplan in development:
We are very excited to commence the development of a masterplan for Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut. The masterplan is an opportunity to increase amenity and public access to the unique environmental, cultural, and recreational values along this important river corridor.
The development of the plan will seek input from a range of stakeholders including land managers/owners, local government, river users, environment groups, government agencies, Traditional Owners and the general community. Consultants have been engaged and stakeholder engagement will commence in early 2022 with the final plan due for delivery in late 2022.
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What has been achieved?
- 2011 Barwon River Parklands Strategy – initial planning document (to be superseded by the up-coming masterplan)
- 2011 to now: Implementing the 2011 Strategy including discussion with funding partners
- 2018: strategic project review showing that 24 of the 36 actions from the 2011 Strategy were either completed or on-going
- 2019/20: Development of a business case for a project masterplan
- 2020: Extension of the project area to include the Moorabool River south of Meredith
- 2020: Development of a Strategic Statement for the project
- 2021: Assigning the Wadawurrung name for the project as Kitjarra-dja-bull Bullarto langi-ut translating to ‘Places of Many Stories”
- 2021: Assigning a Wadawurrung designed project logo
- 2021: Securing funding for development and implementation of a masterplan as part of the implementation of the Rivers of the Barwon Action Plan
- Dec 2021: Appointing consultants to develop the project masterplan and an assessment of on-going governance and funding models
The project has strong linkages to the following plans and projects:
- 2020 Our living rivers of the Barwon – a discussion paper for the future – developed by the Barwon Ministerial Advisory Committee
- Porronggitj Karrong: a 66 hectare new cultural, environmental and community precinct being developed by Barwon Water on the north side of the Barwon River in the Breakwater region with strong environmental, heritage, cultural and recreational values.
- Sparrovale Wetlands: the City of Greater Geelong is creating a 500 hectare public access nature reserve between the Armstrong Creek housing development and the Barwon River
- 2020 Shared Trails Masterplan developed by the City of Greater Geelong
- 2019 Greater Geelong and the Bellarine Tourism Development Plan developed by Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
- 2018 Barwon Strategic Directions Statement developed by the Barwon Integrated Water Management Forum