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Submissions invited on VEAC's Statewide Assessment of Public Land


Submissions are now invited on either or both VEAC's Statewide Assessment of Public Land Discussion Paper and Draft Proposals Paper.


An Interim Report on Public Land Classification was published on 30 September 2015. The material in the Interim Report has been updated and included in the Discussion Paper.


Written submissions are invited until Monday 7 November 2016.


More information about making a submission and the investigation is available on VEAC's website or by contacting VEAC.


VEAC's Final Report is due to be submitted by February 2017.


Have your Say on Canadian Regional Park


Victorians are being asked to contribute to the naming of a new regional park in Ballarat.


The 641ha Canadian Regional Park was created through a successful community campaign to retain the plantation land for recreation and community purposes. As the new land manager, Parks Victoria is honouring the community spirit of the park by consulting residents at all stages of park planning and delivery.


The park is located within the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people, who have built a deep relationship with the area and a rich cultural tradition over thousands of years.


To acknowledge this important local cultural history and custodianship, as well as to celebrate the new park, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria are proposing the new name of 'Woowookarung', meaning 'place of plenty.'


People are invited to provide comments on this proposal for the new name of Woowookarung Regional Park for the former Canadian forest and plantation, known currently as 'Canadian Regional Park.'


Comments can be submitted until 14 October 2016, online at


Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper


Comments and submissions on the Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper are now open and will close on Sunday 23 October 2016.


To get involved in the conversation and to download a copy of the Consultation Paper visit Have Your Say at DELWP and provide DELWP with your preferred email address. After registering to provide feedback you will automatically receive email updates on the project.


Your feedback will help inform the development of the new Act and important changes to our marine and coastal environments.


A number of Public Open House sessions at which you can comment will be run:

  • Yarram: 4 October 2016
  • Lakes Entrance: 5 October 2016
  • Torquay: 11 October 2016
  • Warrnambool: 12 October


Strengthening Parks Victoria - your vision for parks


In December this year Parks Victoria will reach its 20th anniversary. As part of the celebration it is undertaking the Strengthening Parks Victoria project to reflect on what parks mean to Victorians.


Bushwalkers should take this opportunity to share their experiences, expectations and aspirations for Victorian parks.


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Historic Places Investigation Report released


The Victorian Environment Assessment Council has released the final report of its investigation into historic places on public land. As some of the recommendations pertain to ecotourism, it may be of interest to bushwalkers.

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