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Central West Investigation

The report on VEAC's Central West Investigation was publicly released on 21 June 2019. The Government response to the recommendations was tabled in Parliament on 24 June 2021.


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  • Submissions open
  • In progress
  • Completed


In March 2017, VEAC was requested by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP to undertake a Central West Investigation.  The full terms of reference for the investigation are available here. VEAC's investigations are conducted independently of government.

The report on VEAC's Central West Investigation was publicly released on 21 June 2019.

Government response 

The Government response to the recommendations in the final report was tabled in Parliament on 24 June 2021. The response is available under Reports and Resources.

Additional information 

For consultants' reports, fact sheets and other information see Reports and Resources and select Additional Information.


A list of submissions received during the two periods of public consultation for the investigation is available from VEAC.

Summary of consultation

A summary of consultation carried out for the Central West Investigation and feedback on the Draft Proposals Paper is available under Reports & Resources.


Reports and resources


There were two submission periods for the Central West Investigation.

The first submission period for the Central West Investigation commenced with the advertisement of the notice of investigation on 21 June 2017 and closed on 21 August 2017. VEAC received 643 submissions in this first round of consultation.

The second submission period began on 31 August 2018 when VEAC released the draft proposals paper. It was extended beyond the minimum 60-day period to close on 10 December (a total of 102 days) to provide people with more opportunity to respond to the draft recommendations. In total, 2698 written submissions on the draft proposals paper were received.


VEAC is required to establish a Community Reference Group to provide advice in respect of each investigation. The Council may also appoint any committees that it considers necessary to assist with conduct of investigations.

The Central West Investigation Community Reference Group was independently chaired by Mr Ian Harris.

Member name Organisation
John Petheram Bushwalking Victoria (Ballarat Walking Club)
Ann McGregor Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance Inc.
Wayne Hevey Four Wheel Drive Victoria
Michelle Wyatt Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Rita Bentley Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria
Terry McAliece Pyrenees Shire Council
Ken Gell Central Victorian Apiarists Association
Tim Morrissey Victorian Association of Forest Industries
John Edmonds Victorian Farmers Federation
Matt Ruchel Victorian National Parks Association
Wendy Radford Wellsford Forest Conservation Alliance
Murray Ralph Wombat ForestCare

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