The Andrews Government has been handed a fantastic opportunity to create much-needed new national parks for Victoria.
58,000 hectares of forest and woodlands in the central west of the state, and the 380 threatened species that live in them (including the Powerful Owl, pictured), could be better protected if the Andrews Government agrees to final recommendations released today by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC).
We need to strongly encourage the Andrews Government to commit to and implement these recommendations to create these new national parks. Please send them your message today!
Dear Victorian Government,
I love nature and national parks, and I support the establishment of new national parks in Victoria.
It has been almost a decade since the last major additions to our national parks system in Victoria.
National Parks are great for people and nature.
I strongly support the final recommendations of the recently released Central West Investigation, undertaken by the respected Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC).
I urge you and your government to adopt these recommendations and create new national parks and reserves in the central west.
New national parks in our state’s central west would be an impressive Andrews Government legacy for future generations of Victorians, and show real leadership on nature conservation.
The final recommendations propose an increase of 58,115 hectares in protected areas. These include new parks and reserves in the Wombat Forest (near Daylesford), Wellsford Forest (near Bendigo), Pyrenees Ranges Forest (near Avoca), and Mount Cole Forest (west of Ballarat, near Beaufort).
These central western forests have incredible natural value. They include 380 threatened species, such as the Powerful Owl and the Greater Glider, and seven significant headwaters of important rivers including the Moorabool, Werribee, Lerderderg, Maribyrnong, and Wimmera rivers.
New national parks would be a drawcard for recreation and tourism to the central west of the state. They would be assets to the growing western suburbs, giving the community the opportunity to enjoy getting into nature in under hours drive.
The final report also notes that the economic benefits to the Victorian community from the implementation of VEAC’s recommendations are likely to be high with, net benefits conservatively estimated in the order of $247 million present value over 30 years.
The detailed assessment work and consultation has finished, and it is now up to the Andrew Government to decide to go forward with what is recommended.
Please protect our forests, wildlife and rivers in these new national parks.