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Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks

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Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks

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Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks

Government Response

On Tuesday 4 February 2014, the Victorian Government tabled and publicly released its response to VEAC's Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks. 

The report on VEAC's Investigation into Additional Prospecting Areas in Parks was publicly released on Friday 7 June 2013.

BACKGROUND

On 25 October 2012, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith, requested VEAC to conduct an investigation into additional prospecting areas in parks.

The investigation into additional prospecting areas in parks included one submission period with a final report to be provided to the Minster on 31 May 2013*.

The purpose of the investigation was to make recommendations on which areas (in general terms) of the following parks could be made available for recreational prospecting: Alpine, Baw Baw, Croajingolong, Errinundra, Lake Eildon, Lind, Mitchell River and Yarra Ranges national parks and Lerderderg State Park.

The full terms of reference can be downloaded here.

A Notice of Investigation was published on Friday 14 December 2012.  Approximately 950 submissions were received.  Submissions can be viewed here.

*In March 2013 Minister Hon. Ryan Smith granted an extension of one month for VEAC to complete the investigation.