A strong voice and strong support for Victorian Landcare
Earlier this year the Victorian Government published proposed regulations to allow greater access to licensed water frontage land for camping. In its submission, Landcare Victoria Inc. in support of member groups and partner organisations made clear that the proposed regulations created risks for these sensitive environments and were contrary to the efforts of landcarers who have worked hard on environmental improvements. An underlying concern is the capacity and commitment of management agencies to enforce any regulations that are made.
The Government has responded positively to our submission, along with many others it received, and has amended its approach. In short, camping will now be permitted only in areas identified as suitable and set aside for the purpose. The relevant regulations came into force on 1 September 2021. Information about the way submissions were considered is here.
The way sites will be identified and assessed as suitable for camping remains unclear. Landcare Victoria Inc. believes that the assessment criteria should be transparent and relevant communities should be consulted before an area is designated. DELWP has published some information about this here. As of 1 September 2021, it appears that no areas have been set aside.
The Government has established a hotline for reports about misconduct in relation to camping. If you witness any illegal fishing call 13FISH.
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Covid Restrictions - Implications for Landcare
Advice about how landcare activities can or should continue during the current COVID lockdown.