North east residents are invited to two community information sessions on the Victorian Government's draft biodiversity plan, Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 later this month.

information sessionsDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Regional Manager Environment and Natural Resources, Sue Berwick, said: "The draft plan is a long term strategy that sets a new direction for the management of biodiversity – our native plants and animals - in Victoria."

"Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 has been developed to deliver on this commitment and to stop the decline of our native plants and animals, and ensure that all Victorians can enjoy the benefits of a healthy natural environment now and into the future," Ms Berwick said.

"The two main aims of the plan are to encourage more Victorians to enjoy, value and protect nature and to ensure that the state's natural environment is healthy.

"By helping people and businesses connect with our environment the plan helps them to consider their natural surroundings in their daily lives and make decisions that positively impact the environment. We also need to take the right actions to ensure the natural environment remains healthy and continues to support our livelihood and our native plants and animals. 

"Local businesses, government and the wider community working together will help to stop the decline of our biodiversity through investment, improved decision making and planning and through volunteer action.

"While the draft plan is about setting high-level and long-term priorities for biodiversity, we also need on-ground, tangible actions. As part of our conversation with key groups so far, we have been capturing some bright ideas and will begin to test these ideas to form future action plans."

Get involved in the conversation by attending one of the following information sessions:

  • Wodonga – Tuesday 26 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at the DELWP Wodonga office, ground floor, 1 McKoy St, Wodonga
  • Benalla – Wednesday 27 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at DELWP Benalla office, 89 Sydney Rd, Benalla

DELWP staff will be able to discuss the draft plan with you and will be on-hand to gather your thoughts and ideas.

To register for a free information session or to learn more about the draft plan, the Native Vegetation Review and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act, visit www.haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au. Submissions for the draft Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 close on 15 May 2016.