New national parks for Victoria’s central west!

The unburnt forests of the central west are extraordinary.

They are refuges for wildlife and people, they are places of connection to Country for First Nations communities.

Over 370 rare and threatened birds, insects, mammals and plants call them home.

These landscapes protect the headwaters of important rivers and help ease the impacts of the climate breakdown through carbon storage.

That’s why 60,000 hectares of forest across the Wombat, Wellsford, Pyrenees Ranges, and Mount Cole was recommended for permanent protection in National Parks.

Two years after the expert recommendations were made, the Andrews Government committed to three new national parks. The Wombat-Lerderderg National Park, (near Daylesford), Mount Buangor National Park (near Beaufort) and the Pyrenees National Park (near Avoca).

New national parks announcement

On 24 June 2021, the Andrews Government announced the creation of three new national parks for Victoria, which will provide permanent protection for over 370 rare and threatened animals, plants and insects.

As Victoria fronts up to alarming rates of ecosystem decline and the real-time impacts of climate change, this news could not come at a better time.

Together, we’ve helped bring into existence the most significant addition to our parks estate in over a decade – 50,000 hectares of protected bushland for Victoria.

A commitment to create the new Wombat-Lerderderg National Park (near Daylesford), Mount Buangor National Park (near Beaufort), and the Pyrenees National Park (near Avoca), along with other parks and reserves including a new regional park at Wellsford near Bendigo, has been formally tabled in Victorian Parliament.

This is a win for our wildlife, their habitats and the communities who can enjoy these new parks, whilst protecting their natural values at the same time.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this great outcome.

The devil in the details

While we are thrilled to see the Andrews Government make a commitment to permanently protect these incredible natural places for current and future generations, the decision has come with strings attached.

VNPA is  deeply worried that some proposed parks will be logged before being created at some future date.

While the core additions are welcome, such as the new park at Wombat Forest, there are some concerning elements: the staged implementation plan which allows continued extensive logging of the forests at Mount Cole (the proposed Mount Buangor National Park), and Pyrenees Ranges (proposed Pyrenees National Park) are deeply worrying.

The plan to log much of these areas and then turn them into national parks in 2030 doesn’t make any sense. There is still decades of wood supply outside of the proposed park areas.

We’ll be continuing our work across these areas to make sure higher protections are given to them. Of much concern is the future of the Mount Cole Grevillea – Victoria’s latest threatened species – endemic to the woods of Mount Cole.

Help make our new national parks a reality

The Victorian National Parks Association community was instrumental in bringing home this long-fought accomplishment.

But this is only the first step in the formal creation of these new parks.  It’s now critical our new national parks are properly legislated and declared.

Please donate today to power the ongoing work essential to secure these new national parks for nature and the community.

We need your support to make sure these forests are granted the permanent protection of National Park status – a gift to all Victorians, now and in the future.

Donate today
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Help make our new national parks a reality

The Victorian National Parks Association community was instrumental in bringing home this long-fought accomplishment.

But this is only the first step in the formal creation of these new parks.  It’s now critical our new national parks are properly legislated and declared.

Please donate today to power the ongoing work essential to secure these new national parks for nature and the community.

We need your support to make sure these forests are granted the permanent protection of National Park status – a gift to all Victorians, now and in the future.

Donate today

Improve community health & wellbeing

Keep our air clean & water healthy

Create refuges for threatened wildlife

A drawcard for recreation & play

Keep the rare Mt. Cole Grevillea safe from bulldozers

End state-sponsored mining & logging for good