LA TROBE RIVER
The La Trobe River campground is in the rural area known as Gentle Annie, 13 km east of Powelltown in the La Trobe State Forest. Prior to European settlement the people of the Woiwurrung tribes passed through or camped in the forest and along the La Trobe River.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) plan to develop a looped walking track from the campground along the edge of the La Trobe River to a proposed picnic area and back to the campground. The proposed activity includes formalising a walking track on the footprint of an existing informal track, installing a portion of new track and establishing a boardwalk of less than 100 m along the river frontage in the flood zone. A new picnic area will include two picnic tables and steps will be installed to deter off-road vehicles from accessing the site. Aboriginal heritage interpretation signs will also be installed at the campground.
ArchLink was engaged to undertake a Cultural Heritage Management Plan at the site. The fieldwork involved survey and two days of complex testing to determine the extent and significance of any Aboroginal cultural heritage that might remain in the area.