In March the RBMS Reading Group met to discuss the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC’s) Yellingbo Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. The group supported the establishment of a State Emblems Conservation Area within the Yellingbo Investigation Area and bringing the fragmented nature of public land and it’s management together.
The Reading Group agreed that the proposal would potentially be costly, particularly due to boundary survey costs associated with fencing and that it would be a challenge to execute given the diverse range of priorities in the area ranging from agriculture, recreation, tourism and nature conservation.
However, there are a range of factors that should help to support the implementation of the report’s recommendations, including the community consultation undertaken to date, the description of the values and threats in the area, and the proposed formal management agreement between the relevant agencies to oversee and direct management of the Conservation Area.
The second RBMS reading group for 2013 will discuss the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Yellingbo Investigation Draft Proposals Paper, released in December 2012.
VEAC’s Yellingbo Investigation Draft Proposals Paper investigates the biodiversity and ecological values of public land, and threats to these values, within the Yellingbo investigation area in the Upper Yarra Valley. The area is famously home to three state animal and plant emblems, but also to a broad range of other significant natural values, as well as a large range of agricultural enterprises and popular recreational attractions for local residents and visitors from the nearby major population centre of Melbourne.
The report makes a draft set of recommendations to conserve and enhance these values, culminating in the establishment of an overarching State Emblems Conservation Area to bring together and coordinate existing and new nature conservation activities in the area.
The report is available for download at http://www.veac.vic.gov.au/investigation/yellingbo-investigation/reports