30 January 2023

Have your say on the Vinifera, Nyah and Burra Creek Environment Report

Public comment is now invited on the Environment Report: Vinifera, Nyah and Burra Creek Floodplain Restoration Projects.

This Environment Report is on public display along with the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) for 30 business days. Written submissions can be made between 30 January 2023 and 11.59 pm on 10 March 2023.

How to access the Environment Report and exhibited documents

The Environment Report and draft PSA are available to read and download on the VMFRP Portal. Hard copies are available at the following locations during the exhibition period:

  • Robinvale Library, 88 George Street, Robinvale 3549
  • Lower Murray Water
  • State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Please note the Environment Report is a long document and the use of electronic versions is encouraged.

If you cannot access either the physical or electronic sites to view the Environment Report and draft PSA, hard copies of specific documents may be requested free of charge by emailing us on or calling 1800 808 830.

You can also request a free Environment Report  information pack which includes:

  • USB loaded with the complete Environment Report and draft PSA
  • Printed Summary Document
  • Fact sheets on the PSA process and how to navigate the Environment Report.

To request an information pack, email or calling 1800 808 830.

Drop-in sessions

Attend one of our local drop-in sessions or join us online:

20 February 2–4 pm Robinvale Library, 88 George Street, Robinvale 3549
20 February 6 – 8 pm Nyah Recreation Reserve, Nyah VIC 3594
21 February 2023 9–11 am Lower Murray Water, 1/73 Beveridge St, Swan Hill 3585
22 February 2023 6 pm to 7 pm Online Information Session

To register for the Online Information Session, email Registrations close at 5 pm on 21 February 2023.

Making a submission

Anyone can make a submission. Submissions on this Environment Report (and the proposed PSA) must be made in writing and be received by 11.59 pm on 10 March 2023. Online submissions are preferred and can be lodged via the Victorian Government’s engagement website.

Each submission is a public document and will be treated as a submission on the Environment Report and the draft PSA. Only one submission is needed to address your views about the project, its effects and the relevant documents.

What happens when the exhibition closes?

The Minister for Planning has appointed a Standing Inquiry and Advisory Committee (SIAC) to consider the nine proposed VMFRP projects that will be referred to them via four assessment packages.

The SIAC will review the Environment Report, the draft PSA, submissions and conduct a roundtable to enable the key issues to be explored with Lower Murray Water (the proponent), traditional custodians, key agencies and submitters who want to speak to the SIAC. The SIAC will then advise the Minister for Planning on the environmental effects of the three projects.

The roundtable will be held after the exhibition period, in either the week commencing Monday 10 April or Monday 17 April 2023. Depending on how many submissions are received and how many submitters want to participate, the roundtable is expected to run for approximately five days. The roundtable is open for anyone to watch.

Where to find more information

For questions about making a submission or the Standing Inquiry and Advisory Committee (SIAC) process contact:

Planning Panels Victoria

☎ Phone: 136 186 (select option 6)

✉ Email:

For questions about the ER Central assessment package and the proposed Vinifera, Nyah and Burra Creek Floodplain Restoration Projects and the project documentation contact:

Lower Murray Water and Rural Water Corporation (LMW)

☎ Phone: 1800 808 830

✉ Email:


For questions about the Minister’s Assessment and Environment Report process contact:

Department of Transport and Planning – Impact Assessment Unit

✉ Email: