Conservation Area Plan: initial consultation
The Yellingbo Conservation Area Coordinating Committee (YCACC) consists of an independent Convenor, four community representatives, and representatives from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Trust for Nature, Country Fire Authority, Zoos Victoria, Yarra Ranges Shire Council, and Cardinia Shire Council. We are working together to formulate a Conservation Area Plan for the area currently referred to as the Yellingbo Conservation Area.
Over the last 12 months we have been working closely with the community to develop a better understanding of the interaction between biodiversity values and human activity within the Conservation Area. As we consider a 10 year Conservation Area Plan we will explore what are existing challenges in this area, and what new opportunities may be possible in the future.
The Conservation Area Planning Process details the planning methodology that will guide the development of the Plan.
Feedback from our community consultations has identified four key themes: conservation; recreation and tourism; industry and adjacent land use; and threats and issues. This thematic focus enables us to consider key activities occurring within the Conservation Area; and will inform the planning process in the context of the broader landscape rather than in isolation.
The conservation area has been widely referred to as the Yellingbo Conservation Area but it is important to note that it extends much further than the existing Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and the township of Yellingbo. The YCA will be renamed after community feedback during the second round of community consultations.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are hosting an online information portal for the Conservation Area Plan on the Engage Victoria website. Everyone who has an interest in the Conservation Area is invited to participate in a survey to assist with future planning. You will find the survey on the Engage Victoria website.