The first parcel of land for a new conservation reserve has been handed back to the public more than ten years ahead of schedule.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the return of around 1,200 hectares of land formerly leased by HVP Plantations in the ‘Cores and Links’ area of the Strzelecki Ranges.
The handback is a key early step towards securing a new 8,000 hectare conservation reserve that will result from a 2008 agreement between the Brumby Labor Government and HVP Plantations.
The return of this area to public management also marks an important milestone for the community that has long advocated for improved protection of the Strzelecki Ranges.
The Andrews Labor Government will continue to work closely with HVP Plantations to secure additional areas to gradually return to public management prior to the end of the lease in 2028.
The Victorian Environment Assessment Council will also be requested to undertake an investigation prior to 2028 to provide recommendations on the permanent protection for the land.
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We will continue to work with the community around the future of this new conservation reserve.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020