Adjacent land use

Cockatoos at the Grant's Picnic Ground bird feeding area

Grants Picnic Ground

The kiosk and tearoom at Grants is operated under a 20 year lease granted in 1999. They provide refreshment, souvenirs and the opportunity for visitors to feed birds in a specially designed feeding zone.

Strategies to manage the lease include:

  • Redevelop the Kiosk and Tearoom to improve the standard of service
  • Manage authorised uses (such as bird feeding) in accordance with legislation (law) and Parks Victoria’s policies

This will mean that birds can only be fed a limited amount of bird seed each day in the Bird Feeding Zone only. The BFZ can be easily cleaned and managed to stop weeds and the birds making visitors sick.

 

Utilities – power, water, gas, telephone lines

A variety of utilities are in the park or pass through the park and are run by government authorities and service providers, such as TRUenergy. The National Parks Act requires that service provider work in the national park is limited to essential works and have a minimal effect on the park, park visitors and other park users.

Strategies to manage service providers include:

  • Monitor existing uses and liaise with all providers to make sure that authorised activities have minimal impact on national park values and visitor enjoyment

 

Park Boundary

The national park is 3,540 hectares and the boundary surrounding it is more than 120km long. The shape of the park makes it at risk to invasion by pest plants and feral animals. The closeness of residential areas to the park boundary greatly increases the risk of wandering pets and exotic plants entering the park.

Some parts of the national park are in awkward shapes and do not have obvious boundaries. This is true of the sections connecting the four major blocks of the park, such as the Upwey Corridor between the Ferntree Gully and Sherbrooke sections.

Strategies to manage park boundaries include:

  • Locate small areas of public land that are suitable to add to the park to improve the shape of the park and connecting corridors
  • Survey and fence areas of the park boundary if it benefits the park
  • Patrol areas where pets are going into the park and use enforcement to stop residents who walk their dogs in the park