Archive:   Victorian Environment Assessment Council [VEAC]

Last Updated  9/7/17



NEW   Action Required  Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] Calls For Submissions On Public Land In Victoria's Central West

(9/7/17 - E)  That includes the Wombat Forest, Cobaw Forest and Macedon Regional Park in Macedon Ranges Shire.  A drop-in session will be held in Woodend on 27 July. Submissions close 21 August 2017 


The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] is calling for submissions on the condition and future use and management of public land in the central west of Victoria.  A Notice of Investigation was published on 21 June, 2017, and submissions close Monday 21 August, 2017.   The following map from VEAC's website shows the investigation area as it affects Macedon Ranges Shire.



The purpose of the investigation is to:

a) identify and evaluate the condition, natural and biodiversity values and cultural, social and economic values and the current uses of public land in the specified area; and

b) make recommendations for the balanced use and appropriate management arrangements to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural values.


Community Drop-In Sessions relevant to Macedon Ranges Shire will be held in the following locations (registration is not required):

Bendigo - Tuesday 18 July between 3pm and 7pm in the Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street

Woodend - Thursday 27 July between 3pm and 7pm at the Community Centre, High Street and Forest Street

Daylesford - Tuesday 1 August between 3pm and 7pm in the Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Camp Road


A draft proposals paper and a final report are to be prepared, with the final report due by March 2019.


For full details, go to  You can register your interest in receiving updates on this project by going to


MRRA Says:

Great opportunity to get something happening in these areas that better recognises their environmental values. 


Some reservations about the word "balanced" being applied to "use and appropriate management""Balanced" can be code for commercial or non-environmental use of environmentally-sensitive public land.  Beware...



VEAC Report On Investigation Into Metro Public Land Available

(17/8/11 - E)  Report marks the end of VEAC's role.  Now it's over to the State government...

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has completed the Metropolitan Melbourne Investigation and provided its final report to the Hon Ryan Smith MP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

You can view or download a copy of the final report from VEAC's website at


Printed copies can be obtained by contacting VEAC on 1800 134 803 (toll free) or or from DSEís Port Phillip regional office, 30 Prospect Street, Box Hill and Information Victoria, level 20, 80 Collins St, Melbourne.

The publication of the report marks the end of VEACís role in the investigation.  The government will now consider the report and provide a response within approximately six months. 



Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC] Releases "Metropolitan Melbourne Investigation" Discussion Paper

(2/11/10 - P)  Includes public land use, contribution to liveability, enhancement of biodiversity.  Submissions invited until December 20


Click here for more information



Update from Victorian Environmental Assessment Council [VEAC]

(15/7/10 - E)  More details on meetings and submissions for Remnant Native Vegetation Investigation Discussion Paper

Click here for details.



VEAC Releases Discussion Paper On Remnant Native Vegetation, Asks For Submissions By 30 August

(29/6/10 - E)  This could be the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council's last report, as the Brumby government moves to dissolve VEAC, so don't miss this opportunity to comment


The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) released its Discussion Paper for its Remnant Native Vegetation Investigation on 28 June 2010.

You can now access VEAC's website at and download a copy of the Discussion Paper.

Hard copies of the Discussion Paper are also available from Department of Sustainability and Environment or Department of Primary Industries offices in the major towns, as well as from Information Victoria in Melbourne.

The Discussion Paper is the first report from VEAC's Remnant Native Vegetation Investigation and provides detailed information about the connectivity, condition, issues and challenges around remnant native vegetation in Victoria.  The paper takes a strategic approach to this wealth of information - the Council does not propose to make land use recommendations for each of the thousands of individual public land reserves across Victoria.


Submissions are sought in response to the Discussion Paper.  Submissions will be used to assist Council in formulating its final report due to be submitted to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change by March 2011.

If you care about how native vegetation contributes to Victoria's sustainable landscapes, biodiversity conservation, recreation activities, or have an opinion on how it should be managed to improve ecological connectivity, this is an opportunity to be heard.


Details on how to make a submission are on VEAC's website and the inside front cover of the Discussion Paper.


VEAC is also holding workshops at various locations around Victoria to discuss information and issues raised in the Discussion Paper.  The times and locations are as follows:

Bendigo:               10 am - 2 pm, Tuesday 20 July
Mildura:                11 am - 3 pm, Wednesday 21 July
Hamilton:              10 am - 2 pm, Thursday 22 July

Dandenong:         10 am - 2 pm, Tuesday 27 July
Benalla:                10 am - 2 pm, Wednesday 28 July
Horsham:             10 am - 2 pm, Thursday 29 July

Melbourne CBD:  10 am - 2 pm, Tuesday 3 August
Traralgon:            10 am - 2 pm, Wednesday 4 August

Please contact VEAC if you wish to attend one of these workshops, or if you require more information.

Victorian Environmental Assessment Council
Level 6, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, 3002
Phone: (03) 9637-9902  Fax: (03) 9637-8024
Toll free: 1800 134 803
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