An open letter to the Andrews Government - Less talk, more protection for nature

An Open Letter to the Andrews Government

Over forty state, national and international groups representing hundreds of thousands of Victorians, call on the Andrews' Government to accept recommendations for new national parks in Victoria's central west.

A mighty collaboration of groups, coordinated by local community conservation group Wombat Forestcare, is calling on the Andrews Government to hurry up and get on with creating and implementing new parks for Victoria, through a series of full page adds in six papers across key regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Moorabool, Daylesford, Macedon.

Following the two-year expert investigation by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC), recommendations have been made for large areas of public forests of the Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Ranges in Victoria's central west to become National (almost 60,000 hectares) or Regional Parks (almost 20,000 hectares).

The Andrews' Government decision is already over 12 months overdue, and after years in the making, the lack of action has left regional and conservation groups from around the state feeling deeply disappointed.

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An Open Letter to the Andrews Government

Some of the 200 members of Wombat Forestcare met on the Lederderg River near Blackwood to discuss their hopes for the Wombat Forest to be reclassified as a National Park. Picture © Sandy Scheltema