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Mount Baw Baw is approximately 120 km east of Melbourne and 50 km north of the Latrobe Valley
. The mountain itself is one of several peaks on the Baw Baw Plateau, a long plateau tending north-east. Other peaks on the plateau include Mount Whitelaw, Mount St Phillack (the highest), Mount Mueller, Mount Tyers, Mount Kernot and Mount St Gwinear
. The plateau itself is isolated from most of Victoria’s high country by the Thomson
and Aberfeldy Rivers
and tributaries of the La Trobe River
, including the Tanjil and Tyers Rivers to the south.
Towns around Mt Baw Baw include; Walhalla, Erica and Rawson. For a map of Baw Baw National Park click here.
Baw Baw Village, Victoria, 3833, Australia.
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The Central Highlands of Victoria have been logged for more than 150 years, with the majority of timber extracted going into making paper or cardboard boxes. As a result of past overcutting and recurrent wildfires, there is now very little forest that if logged will produce sawn timber. Only poor-quality trees that will be chipped for paper making are left. The bottom line is that Victoria will be financially better off without logging in Mountain Ash and Alpine Ash forests; some estimates suggest that the state would be ahead by between $110 million and $190 million annually if logging stopped today. This problem needs to be recognised.
Share your voice to preserve these regions for generations to come. Contact your local MPs and encourage them to support the creation of the Great Forest National Park.
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We propose adding 355,000 hectares of protected forests to the Central Highlands of Victoria to form the Great Forest National Park
Currently there is only 170,000 hectares of parks and protected areas in the Central Highlands of Victoria
Help support our work in expressing the conservation needs and compelling opportunities that we could address through the establishment of the Great Forest National Park for Victoria.
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The Great Forest National Park is a large complex proposal, covering environmental impacts and the conservation of wildlife, economic benefits to the area and more. Visit our FAQ for more information.
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The traditional custodians of this country include the Bunurong (Boon Wurrung), Gunaikurnai, Taungurung (Daung warring) and Wurundjeri indigenous Australians. We acknowledge this land belongs to the sovereign people of the First Nations. This land was stolen from them and their sovereignty was never ceded. This park conservation plan is subject to ongoing discussions and approvals with relevant clans and corporations and fully supports and recognises all their cultural rights, control and access.
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