Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Reverse decision to turn recreational land into national parks
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that thousands of local park users will no longer have recreational access to greater Lerderderg and Wombat State Forest. This will severely impact many local businesses which rely on local tourism.

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) report on Central West Investigation: Draft Proposals Paper notes that “Wombat–Lerderderg National Park captures a large part of the highest-ranking areas of rare and threatened species habitat. The state-wide analysis shows the area to be among the most important for Victoria’s biodiversity with large and mostly contiguous areas of high value.”

Forest users want to ensure that this area is protected for generations to come, however, the area is already one of the best maintained and most important for recreational enjoyment in Central and Western Victoria. The area has been used as a recreational area for over a hundred years.

The plan, researched by the VEAC, proposes for 90 per cent of the greater Lerderderg and Wombat State Parks, which are currently available for recreational use, to no longer be accessible. This directly impacts horse riders, fishermen, hunters and mountain and trail bike riders. 65 per cent of submissions received by the VEAC were against the plan to turn land into national parks.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to reverse the Victorian Environment Assessment Council’s decision to turn recreational land such as the greater Lerderderg and Wombat State Forest into national parks.
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