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Assessment of the values of Immediate Protection Areas in the Strathbogie Ranges and Mirboo North

VEAC was requested on 25 November 2021 to assess the values of state forests in the Immediate Protection Areas (IPAs) in the Strathbogie Ranges and Mirboo North. VEAC has now published its assessment of the values of the IPAs. matters specified in (a) to (d) of the Terms of Reference. The assessment of the IPAs is being delivered in two phases with phase 1 covering IPAs in the Strathbogie Ranges and near Mirboo North.

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Overview

VEAC was requested on 25 November 2021 by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP to assess the values of state forests in the Immediate Protection Areas (IPAs) in the Strathbogie Ranges and Mirboo North.

The assessment will inform the work of an Eminent Panel for Community Engagement (EPCE) in its provision of advice and recommendations to the Minister on the future uses of the Immediate Protection Areas and state forest in eastern Victoria.

The full terms of reference are available in Reports & Resources.

The purpose of the assessment is to:

(a) identify the biodiversity, ecological and geological and geomorphological values of the specified area

(b) identify the cultural heritage, social and economic values of the specified area

(c) identify the current and likely future threats to those values, including climate change

(d) identify the typical land use categories commensurate with the identified values

(e) assess the potential economic implications of proposed land use changes recommended by the EPCE and provided to the Council

This request is for an assessment and report on the above values and the economic implications of the proposed recommendations of the EPCE. Public consultation and recommendations are not required.

VEAC has now published its assessment of the matters specified in (a) to (d).  The Council will report on the completed assessment including the matter referenced at paragraph (e) by 31 May 2022.

Separate assessments have been prepared for the two IPAs.  Each assessment includes a report from the Traditional Owners of the land.

VEAC is not undertakiing community consultation or receiving submissions on its assessment.

An Eminent Panel for Community Engagement will undertake the next stages in the process for determining the future uses of the State forest in eastern Victoria.

More information on community consultation will be available shortly on https://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/futureforests/immediate-protection-areas/latest-news

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