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What is Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut?

Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut (pronounced 'Kit-jarra-ja-bull Bull-arr-toe langee-oot') is an initiative to connect the community to the Lower Moorabool and Lower Barwon River corridor by balancing public access, recreation, economic opportunities and education while enhancing the area’s unique cultural and environmental values.

The project encompasses an extensive corridor of river frontage on Wadawurrung Country, including Moorabool River gorges, 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”.

Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut is one of the actions supported by the Rivers of the Barwon (Barre Warre Yulluk) Action Plan.

Masterplan Implementation

Following the development of a comprehensive masterplan for the river corridor during 2022 and 2023, we have now moved to masterplan implementation.  The masterplan includes a 10-year program of environmental and infrastructure works including re-vegetation, weed control, water flow and quality improvements, shared cycle and walking trails, boating facilities, new proposed public open space and new public land managed by Wadawurrung Traditional Owners to promote Aboriginal traditional land and water management practices.

Progress on masterplan implementation: 

  • Business case developed recommending initial implementation of 9 high priority projects 
  • For the 9 High priority projects: 
    • Investment required:  $55 million 
    • Number of projects commenced:  7 
    • Funding secured through this project:  $1.68 million 
    • Proponent funds secured: $16.5 million 
    • Additional funds required:  $36.5 million 
  • Other projects: 
    • Funding secured through this project: $0.3 million 
    • Investment applications pending:  $1.7 million 

Use the Interactive Map to see the successful projects funded

The Vision

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.

Project Governance

The project is a partnership between a number of state government agencies, local government and a Registered Aboriginal Party, all 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.

Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut Video

The video below was developed to showcase the variety of environmental, recreational and cultural features of this important river corridor.

Project history

The Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut project is an extension of the previous Barwon River Parklands project which began around 2010.  A masterplan developed in 2011 provided the project priorities for the river corridor. 

The maps below show the completed projects over the period of masterplan implementation between 2010 and 2020. 

Barwon River Parklands Phase 1 - Completed works 2010-2014  Barwon River Parklands Phase 2 - Completed works 2015-2020

Project Timeline

  • 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  

Linkages

The project has strong linkages to the following plans and projects:

Our Logo

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.”

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Past Newsletters

The Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut Masterplan update (mailchi.mp)

Share your thoughts on the Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut Masterplan draft (campaign-archive.com)

Update from the Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut team (mailchi.mp)

Update from the Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut team (mailchi.mp)

The Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut masterplan community survey (mailchi.mp)

Survey is now LIVE for the Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut masterplan (mailchi.mp)

Kitjarra-dja-bul Bullarto langi-ut Masterplan (mailchi.mp)

Contact Us

Colac Office

64 Dennis Street, Colac VIC 3250
PO Box 159, Colac, VIC 3250
Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

T: 1800 002 262
E: info@ccma.vic.gov.au

Geelong office

BARWON WATER OFFICES
Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
All mail must be sent via our Colac office
PO Box 159, Colac, VIC 3250

T: 1800 002 262
E: info@ccma.vic.gov.au