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Grampians Access 2019 25-Mar-2019 At 3:57:16 PM Jamesmc

>>I note that the FAQ references page 11 of the 2003 Management Plan, which
>is table 3. The table states that SPAs (key item 7 on table) occupy <<1%
>of the Grampians National Park. The provided maps (not to scale representative
>maps) indicate that the SPAs are significantly greater than <<1%. Appendix
>1 - page 55 names the SPAs but does not provide a reference to the delineated
>source for the SPA boundaries and is not referenced in any other location
>in the MP.
>>Which is correct, the written word or the representative maps. Can this
>be put to PV for further clarrification as this has legal and liability
>ramifications for PV and climbers alike.
>I've been repeatedly asking this question. I find it incredible that there
>were so many submissions to the management plan yet no one pointed out
>this incongruity at the time. I went back through the wayback machine and
>the oldest copy of the management plan I could find was from 2005. It has
>the same maps as the current version on Parks' website:

Having read the 2003 plan, the obvious answer to the question is that climbing would not be prohibited in the full extent of the Special Protection Areas but at a << 1% subset of the park with issues. Page 43 says "In consultation with the rock climbing community, consider, and as appropriate:...close climbs that conflict with Aboriginal cultural sites, significant flora and fauna or other park values and signpost accordingly".

This seems totally reasonable to me, shame it's not what happened.

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