Parks Victoria is a statutory authority of the Victorian Government acting in accordance with the Parks Victoria Act 2018. Parks Victoria recognises the value and importance of working in partnership with Traditional Owners to manage parks and reserves in a culturally sensitive and ecologically appropriate way. Parks Victoria is responsible for managing a diverse estate of more than 4 million hectares including land and marine parks, reserves, wetlands and coastline, and the 4,300 native plants and around 1,000 native animal species that live in them.

Parks Victoria’s estate attracts more than 100 million visits every year. It is Parks Victoria’s primary responsibility to ensure parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations, through the protection and enhancement of environmental and cultural values. Parks Victoria achieves this by working in partnership with other government and non-government organisations and community groups, catchment management authorities, private land owners, friends groups, volunteers, licensed tour operators, lessees, research institutes and the broader community.
 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Administration of legislation and policy governing the use and enjoyment of parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and ports managed by PV, including Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries to reduce risk to the environment and visitor safety

1.1

   

Development and administration of procedures and guidelines to ensure processes are in place to manage any potential risks associated with dams managed by PV consistent with the Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulations. Mitigation activities include:
●  implementing dam safety monitoring procedures for PV dams

●  developing emergency management plans for large dams

●  undertaking periodic training and exercising to ensure the emergency management plan and associated business continuity plan is tested and can be implemented effectively

1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 16.2

   

PV is responsible for:

 

●  preparing and maintaining emergency response plans for parks, reserves, rivers and waterways managed by PV

1.1, 1.3

   

●  preparation and implementation of Safety and Environment Management Plans for the local ports of Port Phillip and Western Port

1.1, 1.3

   

●  the safe, efficient and environmental management of the local ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell, including the navigable sections of the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers (excluding Commercial Ports), and other specified navigable waterways in its management areas

1.3

   

Fire prevention and preparedness on public land in Victoria (Fire Protected Area): provide support to DELWP and undertake activities (including works) described in DELWP Fire Protection and Readiness and Response Plans

1.1, 3.2, 7.1

   

Responsible as the land manager for fire prevention works on parks and reserves managed by PV in the Country Area of Victoria and FRV Fire District (other than planned burns which are the responsibility of DELWP with the support of PV staff)

7.1

   

PV is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following bushfire mitigation activities:
●  landscape fuel management including legislative requirements

●  restricted access to public land

Mitigation table

   

Response (including Relief)

 

Fire suppression:

 

●  activities in parks and reserves managed by PV in the FRV Fire District

3.2, 7.1, 7.2

   

●  activities in parks and reserves managed by PV in the Country Area of Victoria under the direction of CFA

3.2, 7.1, 7.2

   

●  on public land in Victoria (Fire Protected Area): provide staff and equipment to support DELWP

3.2, 7.1, 7.2

   

Search and rescue on land and in Victorian waters, particularly those managed by PV, under the direction of VicPol

3.2, 12.1

   

Provision of trained staff:

 

●  to assist with cetacean strandings and entanglements under the direction of DELWP in accordance with the Victorian Cetacean Contingency Plan (DELWP)

3.2

   

●  assist with wildlife incidents on public land under the direction of DELWP

3.2

   

●  to manage the clean-up associated with non-hazardous waterway pollution (as determined by EPA, FRV, CFA and/or DoT) on rivers managed by PV, under the direction of EPA

3.2

   

●  available to respond through clean-up and containment of oil and chemical pollution incidents in the local ports of Port Phillip, Western Port and Port Campbell, and state waters under the direction of DoT, in liaison with or as their agents, and the EPA under the Victorian Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

3.2, 16.5

   

Provision of trained staff and equipment to:

 

●  assist with the clean-up of fish deaths, under the direction of EPA in accordance with the Fish Death Response Procedure

3.2, 10.1

   

●  support response to oiled wildlife, in accordance with the Wildlife Response Plan for Oil Spills under the direction of DELWP or DoT through the Wildlife Response Plan for Marine Pollution Emergencies and/or the Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

3.2, 16.7

   

PV assists in the response to blue-green algal blooms by erecting relevant signage and taking water samples. This is described in the Blue Green Algae Circular where PV is the designated waterway manager under the Marine Act 1988, (e.g. Albert Park Lake, lower reaches of the Barwon River system (including Lake Connewarre, Lysterfield Lake and Tower Hill) under the direction of the relevant CMAs

3.2, 2.3, 16.3

   

PV provides trained Incident Management Team and field operations staff, under FFMVic, to support VICSES’ response to floods, severe storms and earthquakes particularly within parks, reserves, rivers and waterways managed by PV

3.2

   

PV provides trained staff and manages volunteers in response to marine pest incursions under the direction of DELWP in accordance with the Interim Victorian Protocol for Managing Exotic Marine Organism Incursions (DELWP)

3.2

   

Support DELWP with the enforcement of regulations, through the provision of trained authorised officers, that protect natural and cultural values and the safe use of campfires on public land in accordance with DELWP policy

3.2, 7.1, 18.2

   

Recovery

 

PV is lead agency for the recovery activity for restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public land and assets managed directly by DELWP, PV, or CMAs (co-lead with DELWP/PV and CMAs) including:
●  recovery and rehabilitation of natural values, cultural values, tourism and visitor assets affected by an emergency on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in collaboration with DELWP and DHHS)

●  clean-up following oil or chemical pollution incidents on parks, reserves, rivers, waterways and local ports managed by PV (in liaison with DELWP, or their agents, and the EPA)

●  clean-up of fish death incidents (in collaboration with EPA and DELWP)

●  PV can also assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of other public land affected by an emergency

16.7, 16.8, 18.1,18.4,
18.5

   

PV is lead agency for the recovery activity to investigate and carryout erosion control works on PV managed land (co-lead with DELWP/PV and DoT)

18.2, 18.3

   

PV also undertakes the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets (e.g. roads, bridges, public amenities) where PV is the manager of that building or asset

19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 19.7

   

PV supports DELWP as the lead for the following activities, as shown in the Natural Environment table (Table 15):
●  surveying and protecting threatened bird, marsupial, aquatic and plant species

●  develop and implement protection activities to support ecosystem recovery and regeneration

●  monitoring the rehabilitation of injured wildlife

Natural Environment table

   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.