The land between the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges has unique environmental values. The Yellingbo Conservation Area (YCA) is being established to assist in the conservation of the area’s significant biodiversity and ecological values, and a number of threatened species including the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and the Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum. It will also result in improved water quality and river health.
The YCA will be formally established after relevant legislation has been amended (this is anticipated to happen after September 2018).
The area will be a Conservation Area, not a National Park. The conservation area will only apply to existing areas of Crown land and will not involve any acquisition of private land.
YCA will consist of approximately 3000 ha of public land including existing reserves supporting biodiversity values; providing a network of wildlife corridors, protecting waterways and consolidating reserves under one land manager.
The implementation of the Conservation Area will be different in each area, but the main focus is on restoring the Crown land along waterways for conservation purposes while ensuring adequate bushfire mitigation measures are in place and allowing for other uses such as recreation.
The Conservation Area will be re-named as part of the establishment process.