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Community consultation continues to play an important role in shaping these projects. We welcome all feedback and suggestions as we move into the formal environmental and cultural assessment process.

Traditional Owners and the broader community will be engaged throughout the process, so these projects not only deliver environmental, socioeconomic and community outcomes, but also respect cultural values.

The format of this engagement will depend on COVID-19 social distancing requirements, but proposed activities include face-to-face engagement with key interest groups, community information sessions, community and stakeholder workshops, field trips to the nine sites and online interactive engagement opportunities.

As part of the environmental assessment process, consultation plans are being developed to outline how we will inform individuals and groups who could be affected by these restoration projects and give them opportunities for input.

We will provide more information on the EES and ER process and opportunities to give feedback soon. Register your interest by emailing

Next public consultation milestone

The Minister for Planning is currently developing ‘scoping requirements’, setting out the matters to be investigated and documented in the Environment Effects Statements (EES) and Environment Reports. The extent of investigation will depend on the level of risk to aspects of the environment.

EES scoping requirements will be released on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) environmental assessment website for public consultation over a period of at least 15 business days before the requirements are finalised.

The estimated release date for the draft EES scoping requirements by DELWP is April 2021.

Scoping requirements for Environment Reports do not go through a public consultation process but will be made available online once they are finalised by DELWP.

The following environment assessment pathways apply to the nine VMFRP sites:

Zone Environment assessment process
East (ER) Environment Report for Gunbower and Guttrum–Benwell
Central (ER) Environment Report for Vinifera, Nyah and Burra Creek
Central (EES) Environment Effects Statement for Hattah Lakes North and Belsar–Yungera
West (EES) Environment Effects Statement for Wallpolla and Lindsay Island

Read the VMFRP environment assessment referrals and reasons for the chosen assessment pathways.

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