01 April 2011
40 YEARS ON VEAC URGES CONTINUED FOCUS ON PROTECTING THE STATE’S NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
A council established by the Bolte government in 1971 to provide advice on public land use has celebrated its 40th anniversary with former and current council members urging Victorians and government to remain focused on the management and sustainable use of the state’s land and natural resources.
VEAC Chairperson Duncan Malcolm said “in the face of challenges such as climate change it is more important than ever before to apply best science and best practice public consultation to management of our natural environment”.
The celebration of the Land Conservation Council’s (1971-1997) 40 year evolution to the Environment Conservation Council (1997-2001) and its successor the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) brought together former and current council chairs, members and staff, with scientists and stakeholders and reflected on an organisation that has had a profound effect on the way Victorians perceive and use public land.