The Yellingbo Conservation Area
In August 2011, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change requested the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) to investigate public land in the Yellingbo area, focusing on its biodiversity and ecological values and arrangements to conserve and enhance these values (VEAC Yellingbo Investigation Final Report).
As part of the Government response, the Yellingbo Conservation Area Coordinating Committee (YCACC) was established and first met in December 2015. The committee aims to provide a first point of contact for stakeholders and ensure that relevant communications are distributed the wider community.
Below are links to some important documents related to the Yellingbo Conservation Area and information on bushfire planning work underway:
Victorian Environment assessment council
Yellingbo Investigation Final Report, July 2013
victorian government response to veac report
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) report on its investigation into public land in the vicinity of the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Area was tabled in Parliament on 5 September 2013.
This Government response addresses each recommendation made by VEAC in its Final Report.
yarra waterways group
In 2016, a community group called the Yarra Waterways Group formed in response to concerns about the implementation of the Yellingbo Conservation Area in the Upper Yarra area. This group prepared a document called the Community Investigation Report that reflects concerns of some members of the community.
Bushfire planning in the Yellingbo Conservation Area
In November 2016, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the commencement of a community led process to assess and manage bushfire risk in the Yellingbo Conservation Area.
This is part of a plan to implement the extended Yellingbo Conservation Area by the end of 2018. The bushfire risk assessment will consider all risk factors, and develop specific bushfire management recommendations and strategies to ensure bushfire risk in the extended area is managed effectively.
The initial focus of this work is on the Don Valley area and Haining Farm. This will be followed by further bushfire planning work covering the broader Yellingbo Conservation Area. This will also include community engagement and consultation.