The first parcel of land for a new conservation reserve will be handed back to the public more than ten years ahead of schedule.
An in-principle agreement had been reached for the early hand-back of about 1200 hectares of leased land in the Cores and Links area of the Strzelecki Ranges – the first step towards a new 8,000 hectare conservation reserve.
The Andrews Labor Government has worked closely with current lessee HVP Plantations to secure the area sooner than the expiry of the company’s lease in 2028.
In 2008, the Brumby Labor Government and HVP agreed to create the conservation reserve and permanently protect an additional 15,000 hectares of surrounding native forest.
The hand-back process will increase the area managed for conservation in the Strzelecki Ranges, and includes eventual protection of all areas of the Cores and Links.
Further areas will be handed back as they are progressively regenerated over the coming years.
The Labor Government will commence consultation with the local community about the Cores and Links project in the coming weeks.
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re putting people first by delivering on our vision to improve protection of the Strzelecki Ranges.”
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“I encourage anyone who wants to find out more about the future of the Cores and Links to get involved in the consultation process.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020