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All Australian alpine areas are facing uncertainties to their futures. The uncertainties include the effects of climate change, changing tourism and recreation industries and a shift in visitor demographics.


Mount Baw Baw and Lake Mountain Alpine Resorts Management Boards are undertaking the Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain 2030 project to respond to these changes. The project seeks to plan for the future of these iconic places based on the insights from everyone who visits, works and has an interest in the resorts. The outcome of the project will be a set of recommendations that will enable the Victorian Government to make a decision to ensure that the resorts remain a sustainable part of alpine tourism.


The first stage of consultation commenced on Monday 20 June and concluded on Sunday 10 July 2016. To underpin the consultation DELWP prepared Discussion Papers for each resort that outline the project, current facts about the resorts, and the big challenges facing their future. DELEP is seeking to hear from everyone through this process – visitors, people who work at the resorts or nearby, the local community and anyone with an interest in the resorts.


Please read through the Discussion Papers and provide you insights and ideas for the future of Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain.


For information of the process and to access the discussion papers, go to


Source: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Have Your Say at DELWP,


Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung) Discussion Paper

The Yarra River traverses more than 200 kilometres of urban and rural landscapes and across many thousands of hectares of private and public land. The Yarra is the major source of Melbourne's drinking water and a biodiversity corridor supporting diverse life forms.


 Protecting the Yarra


The Victorian Government has committed to protecting the Yarra River's amenity and significance by introducing legislation, stronger planning controls and a Trust (or similar entity) to ensure the valuable asset is protected for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.


A discussion paper has been developed, by a Government appointed Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee, to generate discussion and promote debate on about how the Yarra River is managed and protected in the future. As part of its deliberations, the Yarra Ministerial Advisory Committee is seeking feedback from the community on the key issues and opportunities for the river.


The discussion paper:

  • Outlines the history of the Yarra River
  • Details the attributes of the Yarra River today, including water health and the extent of parklands
  • Examines the current fragmented management approach to the Yarra River and its riverscape
  • Proposes that a new management model is required.


Use the following links below to:


We would like to hear what you think about the ideas presented in this discussion paper and any other ideas that you may have. You can access the discussion paper and make a written submission at


Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 5 August 2016.


Source: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – Have Your Say at DELWP,


Moolap Salt Works site – Victoria's first international bird sanctuary?

Birdlife Australia


Less than 5kms from Geelong is an internationally significant wetland. Every year, thousands of birds flock to the former Moolap Salt Works site, home to long-distance migrants such as the critically endangered Curlew Sandpiper and the endangered Red Knot, along with well-loved Aussie species such as the Red-capped Plover and Blue-winged Parrot.


This unlikely biodiversity hotspot is an important urban refuge for some of Australia's most threatened birds, including migratory shorebirds. These 'creatures of habit' return to the same site each year and cannot easily find a new home if this site is lost.


The State Government is currently considering future land uses for the former salt works site. This presents an exciting opportunity for Geelong to become home to Victoria's first International Bird Sanctuary, similar to that declared in Adelaide in 2014.


The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on the Draft Moolap Plan Discussion Paper. You can help protect the future of the birds that call Moolap home by telling the government that you support BirdLife's vision for Geelong's own International Bird Sanctuary.


Help Birdlife Australia ensure the best outcome for birds and create the bird sanctuary by completing the Feedback Survey. Please get your feedback in before Friday July 29.


You can download our suggested improvements to the draft strategy here.


Learn more about the Birdlife Australia campaign and how you can get involved at

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