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Central West Investigation

Submissions Closed

Submissions to the Draft Proposals Paper closed on 10 December.

A Final Report will be submitted to the Minister in June 2019.

In March 2017, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change requested VEAC to undertake a Central West Investigation.  The terms of reference for the investigation are available hereVEAC's investigations are conducted independently of government.  A final report will be submitted to the Minister in June 2019.  Government has approximately six months to respond to the recommendations in the final report.

The Draft Proposals Paper was released on Friday 31 August 2018. A summary brochure is available here.  

For consultant's reports and other information see the Additional Information link in the navigation panel to the left.

Submissions to the draft proposals paper

Submissions closed on 10 December 2018.  Processing and analysis of the approximately 2,700 written submisisons received by VEAC has been completed and the submissions can be viewed here.  More information about how submissions are processed and analysed can be found here.

Summary of consultation

A summary of consultation carried out for the Central West Investigation is now available at the bottom of this page and via the Reports tab on the left panel.

The primary purpose of the Consultation Summary is to outline the main points heard from Traditional Owners, local communities and other stakeholders about the draft recommendations for public land in the investigation area. The report also summarises the many engagement activities that were carried out with the aim of informing and involving anyone with an interest in the investigation area. A variety of mechanisms was used to reach stakeholders across the three blocks of the investigation area.

Well over 3,000 people contributed to the investigation through meetings, field trips, drop-in sessions and written submissions. The information, views and opinions that VEAC heard during consultation will inform the development of its recommendations to government.

Summary brochure

Fact sheet 1 - Overview

Fact sheet 2 - Traditional Owner Rights and Interests

Fact sheet 3 - Natural Values

Fact sheet 4 - Resource Uses

Fact sheet 5 - Recreational Uses

Fact sheet 6 - Mount Cole-Pyrenees Block

Fact sheet 7 - Wellsford block

Fact sheet 8 - Wombat-Macedon block