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Nyah-Vinifera online community information session

An online community information session was held on October 29, 2020 to discuss the projects planned for the Nyah-Vinifera Regional Park under the Victorian Murray River Floodplain Restoration Project. This session as attended by 9 community members who generously shared their time to learn more about the projects and ask questions about a range of topics.

The presentation provided at the meeting is available here.

A summary of questions and answers from the meeting is available here.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this information session, asked questions and shared their thoughts and feedback with us.

We will be ramping up our community consultation and talking to more people, more often throughout the remainder of this year and in 2021.

If you would like to know more, or would like to register your interest in upcoming community consultations, please email us at info@vmfrp.vic.gov.au

Project Updates

To keep everyone up to date with the progress of VMFRP projects, we are working on regular project updates that will be available on this page as each one is finalised.

Please click on the links below to access each update.

Nyah and Vinifera

Frequently asked questions – Guttrum and Benwell Forests

September 2020

For the past two months we have been progressing all nine projects through the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments’ environmental referral processes and continuing to engage with Traditional Owners, communities and landholders.

Referrals for all nine projects have now been submitted to the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth Government. The referrals outline key details of the projects, as well as how any environmental impacts will be managed while achieving significant ecological benefits. These can be viewed using the weblinks below.

From here, the relevant Ministers will determine the required approvals pathway in the development stages of the projects. This will tell us the formal consultation pathway we need to take over the next one or two years. Once these requirements are known, a timeline will be released for each site. This will likely be towards the end of 2020.

Community and stakeholder input has been, and continues to be, a vital part of designing and delivering these projects.

Please feel free to contact us on 0437 569 034 or email info@vmfrp.vic.gov.au if you have any questions about the projects or if you want to find out how to be involved.

Alternatively, click the button at the bottom of this page to automatically be notified of news and project updates.

June 2020

We have been continuing to engage with our Traditional Owners in the area to be covered by the VMFRP.

In this month we have submitted some further Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) and Environmental Effect Act (EE) submissions to the Victorian state and Australian commonwealth governments. See their websites (below) for more information.

Victorian EE referrals provide an assessment of proposed works which are capable of having a significant effect on the environment.

Commonwealth EPBC referrals provide an assessment of proposed actions that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on any matters of national environmental significance.

The Victorian EE referrals can be viewed on:       https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/referrals-and-decisions

The Commonwealth EPBC referrals can be viewed on:     http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals/

May 2020

We have been working on our submissions for the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) submissions to the Commonwealth government and also our Environmental Effects Act (EE) submissions to the Victorian State government. These proposals will be made public on the Commonwealth and State websites for everyone to see and so further engagement and comment on the project can occur

April 2020

We are continuing with our works on all the planning and design aspects for our nine projects. We are also continuing to have engagement sessions with Traditional Owner groups in the regions where the projects are planned for.

March 2020

While we are working remotely due to the coronavirus we are still available for any questions that you may have about the project by calling 0437 569 034 Owen on 0428 516 233 or email info@vmfrp.vic.gov.au.

The VMFRP will continue to progress engagement and planning while working remotely.

February 2020

Key activities that are currently underway are:

  • Community engagement with Stakeholder Advisory Groups has occurred during the month
  • Meetings with industry groups
  • Review of project area designs
  • Cultural Heritage Management Planning underway
  • Ecology assessments underway
  • Engagement with adjoining landholders continuing

December 2019

Project Fact Sheet

See our latest project fact sheet which provides a summary update on the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project

Click here for our fact sheet

November 2019

Key activities that are currently underway are:

  • Survey and design for the required works in each of the 9 sites,
  • Landholder consultation about the projects’ proposed outcomes is being undertaken in localised areas,
  • Flora and fauna surveys across the proposed areas to be rehabilitated have commenced,
  • General community and stakeholder engagement underway,
  • Cultural heritage management plans are being established,
  • Social Media channels being utilised to distribute current information about the overall project.