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Group VRG 75
Conservation, Forests and Lands
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Date Range: 1983 - 1990
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In 1983 a Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands was appointed reflecting the Government's intention to consolidate all public land management functions. The new portfolio superseded the separate portfolios of Conservation (VRG 55), Forests (VRG 41) and Lands (VRG 18) in order to better co-ordinate the use of all land related resources, to rationalise the many different authorities and regional land management systems, and to properly integrate public land use and management with conservation requirements.

In April 1990 all the remaining functions and responsibilities of the Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands were transferred to the newly appointed Minister for Conservation and Environment (VRG 94).

Relationship to the Planning and Environment Portfolio

The Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands shared responsibility for certain aspects of the Government's environment protection and conservation functions with the Minister for Planning and Environment (VRG 65). The line of demarcation which existed between the responsibilities of the two portfolios is not entirely clear and further research is required in this area.

The Minister for Planning and Environment, through the planning process and regulatory agencies such as the Environment Protection Authority, was responsible for the prevention and control of environmentally harmful emissions of pollutants into the air, soil and water while the responsibilities of the Minister of Conservation, Forests and Lands covered the protection and conservation of the State's natural resources through the management of public land and the protection of native flora and fauna and their environments.

However, there were areas of overlap:

The Minister for Planning and Environment (VRG 65) developed and implemented the State Conservation Strategy which the Minister of Conservation, Forests and Lands in part implemented

management of coastal land was a joint responsibility which was organised through joint representation on the Coastal Management Committee

both portfolios were concerned with the management of historic/cultural sites on public land

the Land Conservation Council reported to the Minister for Planning and Environment (VRG 65) on public land use, but also advised on soil conservation matters and land use policy in water supply catchment areas, thus making reports and recommendations which affected the working of both portfolios.

Location of Records

Only a small amount of more recent records from the portfolio have been transferred to the Public Record Office, however earlier records are held. See the List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.6.0 (Conservation, Forests and Lands) and the Inventory of Series in this guide for VA 1034 Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands.


Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands 1983-1990
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1983 - ? 1985 Fraser National Park Advisory Committee VA 1606
1983 - 1985 Division of Survey and Mapping (Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands 1983-1985; Department of Property and Services 1985-1991; Ministry of Finance 1991-1991; Department of Finance 1991-1995; Department of Treasury and Finance 1995-1996) VA 3021 Sub Department
1983 - 1987 Soil Conservation Authority (previously known as Soil Conservation Board 1940-1947; Land Conservation Authority 1947-1950) VA 1056 Statutory Authority
1983 - 1990 Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands VA 1034 Dept. of State
1983 - 1990 Timber Promotion Council (known as Timber Promotion Committee, 1969 to 1975) VA 1100
1983 - 1990 Eildon Water Supply Reserve Committee of Management VA 1604
1983 - 1990 Wilson's Promontory National Park VA 542
1983 - 1990 Mount Buffalo National Park VA 543
1983 - 1990 Kinglake National Park VA 546
1983 - 1990 Zoological Board of Victoria VA 572 Statutory Authority
1985 - 1990 Coastal Management and Co-ordination Committee VA 1373 Statutory Authority
Functions related to this GroupFunctions related to this Group
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1983 - 1985 Survey VF 17
1983 - 1985 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
1983 - 1988 Crown lands (government) VF 310
1983 - 1990 Herbarium VF 26
1983 - 1990 Botanic gardens VF 27
1983 - 1990 Forests VF 30
1983 - 1990 Fisheries and wildlife VF 98
1983 - 1990 Vermin, destruction in forests VF 132
1983 - 1990 Noxious weeds destruction in forests VF 133
1983 - 1990 National parks VF 173
1983 - 1990 Soil conservation VF 178
1983 - 1990 Zoos VF 180
1983 - 1990 Research institutes VF 229
1983 - 1990 Conservation (flora) VF 284
1983 - 1990 Crown lands (public) VF 309
- 1985 Place names committee VF 215
1985 - 1990 Fisheries, commercial licences VF 230
1985 - 1990 Coastal management VF 236
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