Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria

Government Response

The Government is required to respond within six months of the report being tabled. Once the response is received, it will be available for download here.


The report was tabled in Parliament on 2 December 2021

  pdfInquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria43.71 MB

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Ms Sonja Terpstra, Chair of the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee, tables the report for the Inquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria. 

Hearings and Transcripts

Information on the Committee's public hearing schedule for this inquiry will be posted here as it becomes available.

Corrected transcripts of these hearings will also be published here when finalised by the Committee.

Thursday, 26 August 2021
Via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

David Packham OAM
John Cameron

pdfTranscript191.06 KB
pdfResponse to QON572.88 KB
pdfPresentation - J Cameron326.39 KB
pdfPresentation - David Packham OAM95.82 KB


South Gippsland Conservation Society Inc.
Gerard Drew, Executive Committee Member

pdfTranscript174.41 KB
pdfPresentation4.04 MB


East Gippsland Conservation Management Network
Tom Crook, Facilitator and Programs Manager

pdfTranscript190.96 KB

Environment East Gippsland
Jill Redwood, Coordinator

pdfTranscript183.32 KB
pdfPresentation26.78 MB
pdfResponse to QON170.83 KB


The Howitt Society
Vic Jurskis, Committee member
John Mulligan, Committee member

pdfTranscript177.05 KB
pdfPresentation1.46 MB 
pdfResponse to QON275.41 KB


Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
Daniel Miller
Uncle Russell Mullett

pdfTranscript175.62 KB

Friends of Bats and Habitat Gippsland
Lisa Roberts, President

pdfPresentation18.39  MB


Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript
1.00pm Prospectors and Miners' Association
Rex Motton, Committee Member
pdfTranscript189.30 KB


Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Carolyn Jackson, Acting Deputy Secretary, Environment and Climate Change
James Todd, Executive Director, Biodiversity Division
Hamish Webb, Director Knowledge, Planning and Risk in Forest, Fire and Regions

Office of the Conservation Regulator
Kate Gavens, Chief Conservation Regulator

Parks Victoria
Dr Mark Norman, Chief Conservation Scientist and Executive Director of Environment and Science

pdfTranscript250.38 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Parks Victoria156.25 KB
pdfResponse to QON - DELWP183.11 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Office of the Conservation Regulator167.43 KB


Friends of the Barwon
Trevor Hodson, Member

Craig Copeland, Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Hill

pdfTranscript208.19 KB
pdfResponse to QON - OzFish1.05 MB


Dr Megan O'Shea

Daryl Cochrane

Jason Wood

pdfTranscript199.60 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Daryl Cochrane125.00 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Jason Wood183.85 KB


Geoffrey Goode

Nina Earl

Friends of Warrandyte State Park
Gray Ardern

pdfTranscript195.55 KB


Thursday, 17 June 2021
Via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Australian Dingo Foundation
Lyn Watson, Director and Founder
Melinda Browning, Spokesperson

pdfTranscript171.59 KB   
pdfResponse to QON210.30 KB 
pdfPresentation47.51 MB


Field and Game Australia
Peter Hawker, Chair

pdfTranscript218.63 KB
pdfResponse to QON21.09 MB


Friends of the Earth (Melbourne)
Cam Walker, Campaigns Co-ordinator

pdfTranscript184.60 KB


Protectors of Public Land
Fiona Bell, Vice President

pdfTranscript155.46 KB


Victorian Forest Products Association
Deb Kerr, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript174.36 KB
pdfResponse to QON186.53 KB
pdfPresentation13.01 MB

Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Via Zoom





Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
Erin Rose, Budj Bim World Heritage Executive Officer
Jodie Honan, Ecologist

pdfTranscript174.29 KB

Bellarine Landcare Group
Dr Andrea Lindsay, Member
Sophie Small, Facilitator

pdfTranscript179.54 KB
pdfResponse to QON222.69 KB


Geriwerd Animal Protection (GAP) Alliance
Jane Gibb, Secretary

pdfTranscript206.08 KB
pdfPresentation38.58 MB


Belfast Coastal Reserve Action Group
Shane Howard, Treasurer
Teresa O’Brien, Secretary

pdfTranscript198.98 KB  
pdfResponses to QON188.02 KB 


Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation
Billy Briggs, Forestry Project Officer

pdfTranscript160.81 KB


Wednesday 12 May 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Nillumbik Shire Council
Lisa Pittle, Manager of Environment

pdfTranscript179.96 KB
pdfResponse to QON2.42 MB


Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Michelle Wyatt, Environment Coordinator
Krista Patterson-Majoor, Biodiversity Projects Officer

pdfTranscript193.68 KB
pdfResponses to QON260.53 KB


Grassy Plains Network
Dr Adrian Marshall, Facilitator
Bonnie Gelman, Member
Jordan Crook, Member

pdfTranscript195.69 KB   
pdfResponse to QON65.61 MB


Green Wedges Coalition
Alan Thatcher, Member

pdfTranscript169.93 KB
2.30pm David Bennett

pdfTranscript196.41 KB  
pdfResponses to QON225.19 KB
pdfPresentation9.15 MB

Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Landcare Victoria
Andrew Maclean, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript190.33 KB
pdfResponses to QON143.87 KB


Victorian Planning Authority
Stuart Moseley, Chief Executive Officer
Paul Cassidy, Director Streamlining
Peter Murrell, Sustainability and Liveability Officer

pdfTranscript197.96 KB
pdfPresentation9.72 MB


Victorian National Parks Association
John Kotsiaris, Conservation Officer
Matt Ruchel, Executive Director

pdfTranscript193.87 KB
pdfResponse to QON40.24 MB
pdfPresentation3.96 MB

1.00pm Victorian Farmers Federation
Emma Germano, President  
Lisa Gervasoni, Senior Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Advisor

pdfTranscript192.08 KB
pdfResponses to QON741.55 KB

1.45pm The Nature Conservancy
Dr James Fitzsimons, Director of Conservation and Science and Director, Protect Oceans, Lands & Waters
pdfTranscript195.77 KB
2.30pm Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria
Chris Commins, Special Project Officer
pdfTranscript188.86 KB
3.30pm Paul Mahony

pdfTranscript186.72 KB
pdfPresentation1.30 MB


Otway Agroforestry Network
Rowan Reid
Andrew Stewart

pdfTranscript199.17 KB
pdfPresentation92.27 MB

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 

Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, VIC 3630  
Time Witness Transcript

Bendigo and District Environment Council
Wendy Radford, Secretary
Stuart Fraser, Member

pdfTranscript184.64 KB
pdfResponse to QON112.07 KB


Goulburn Valley Environment Group
John Pettigrew, Chair
Louise Costa, Committee Member

pdfTranscript175.81 KB

Greater Shepparton City Council
Sharon Terry, Manager Environment
Paul Dainton, Team Leader Sustainability and Environment

pdfTranscript183.55 KB


Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Quality Hotel Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, VIC 3630 
Time Witness Transcript

Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation
Dr Victor Steffensen, Co-founder

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Monica Morgan, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript194.82 KB

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Rodney Carter, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dja Dja Wurrung Group
Nathan Wong, Program Manager, Land Strategy Djandak
Nate Perry, Program Manager Dhelkunya Dja Policy

pdfTranscript183.41 KB

Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation
Matthew Shanks, Strategic Advisor, Cultural & Natural Resource Management

pdfTranscript187.31 KB
pdfResponse to QON297.06 KB


Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Professor David Cantrill, Executive Director Science

pdfTranscript191.31 KB
pdfResponse to QONs299.05 KB


Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
Dr Kim Lowe, Research Director

pdfTranscript194.00 KB
pdfPresentation5.42 MB


EnRICHed Pursuits
Dr Nadine Richings

pdfTranscript197.92 KB
pdfPresentation7.33 MB

11.45am Dr Brian Coffey, Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

pdfTranscript192.76 KB

1.00pm Dr Barbara Wilson, Honorary Associate Professor in Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

pdfTranscript184.59 KB
pdfPresentation3.64 MB

1.45pm Dr Jack Pascoe, Conservation and Research Manager, Conservation Ecology Centre

pdfTranscript190.01 KB
pdfPresentation44.92 MB


Research Centre for Future Landscape, La Trobe University
Professor Andrew Bennett, Director and Professor of Ecology
Dr Jim Radford, Principal Research Fellow

pdfTranscript201.85 KB
pdfResponse to QONs539.10 KB
pdfPresentation6.12 MB


Ecological Society of Australia
Dr Bek Christensen, President
Dr John Morgan, Co-Chair, ESA Policy Working Group

pdfTranscript200.13 KB
pdfResponse to QONs197.65 KB
pdfPresentation13.74 MB


Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Australian Marine Ecology
Dr Matt Edmunds, Principal Ecologist

pdfTranscript187.26 KB
pdfPresentation829.23 KB


Environment Victoria
Jono La Nauze, Chief Executive Officer
Dr Nicholas Aberle, Campaigns Manager
Tyler Rotche, Healthy Rivers Campaigner

pdfTranscript196.93 KB
pdfResponse to QON290.05 KB

1.00pm Professor Lee Godden, Director, Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Melbourne

pdfTranscript178.94 KB
pdfPresentation942.59 KB
pdfResponses to QON149.03 KB

1.45pm Associate Professor Craig Nitschke, Landscape Dynamics, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne

pdfTranscript198.10 KB
pdfResponse to QON146.15 KB


Birdlife Australia
Paul Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer
Dr Grainne Maguire, Coastal Birds Program Leader

pdfTranscript186.17 KB
pdfResponse to QON259.12 KB
pdfPresentation9.90 MB


Thursday, 11 March 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Dr Holly Sitters
University of Melbourne

pdfTranscript211.44 KB
pdfResponses to QON620.07 KB


Country Fire Authority (CFA)
Daniel Idczak, Vegetation Management Team Leader
Dale Tonkinson, Biodiversity Advisor
Michael Sherwen, Cultural Heritage Advisor

pdfTranscript287.35 KB
pdfResponses to QON226.35 KB
pdfResponse to additional QON753.13 KB


Environmental Justice Australia
Dr Bruce Lindsay, Senior Lawyer

pdfTranscript200.85 KB
pdfResponses to QON214.36 KB 


The Wilderness Society
Richard Hughes, Victorian Campaigns Manager
Annie McCallum, Leader, Wilderness Society Mornington Group
Jodie Gregson, Co-leader, Westside Wilderness Society Group

pdfTranscript182.24 KB
pdfResponses to QON132.02 KB
pdfResponses to further questions30.90 KB



Victorian Wildlife Shelters Coalition
Tina Lawrence, Co-founder

pdfTranscript200.91 KB
pdfResponses to QON239.47 KB


Regional Victorians Opposed to Duck Shooting

pdfTranscript183.25 KB
pdfPresentation27.72 MB
pdfResponses to QON545.98 KB


RSPCA Victoria 
Rebecca Cook, Head of Prevention
Mhairi Roberts, Policy and Advocacy Manager

pdfTranscript191.28 KB
pdfResponses to QON9.71 MB

Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript


Monique Dawson, Chief Executive Officer
Deon Kriek, General Manager Operations
Bill Paul, Manager Environmental Performance

pdfTranscript228.42 KB
pdfPresentation 111.59 MB
pdfPresentation 215.02 MB
pdfPresentation 311.32 MB
pdfResponses to QON - 10 March162.09 KB
pdfResponse to additional questions - 10 March145.81 KB
pdfResponses to further questions - May 2021103.66 KB
pdfResponse to further questions - August 2021173.91 KB


Office of the Conservation Regulator
Kate Gavens, Chief Conservation Regulator

pdfTranscript198.2 KB
pdfResponse to QON1.67 MB  
pdfResponses to further questions206.58 KB


Australian Forest Products Association
Ross Hampton, Chief Executive Officer

Wood Products Victoria
Boris Iskra, National Codes and Standards Manager

pdfTranscript221.21 KB


Institute of Foresters of Australia and Forest Growers
Dr Michelle Freeman, Vice President
Jacqui Martin, Chief Executive Officer 

pdfTranscript192.56 KB
pdfResponses to QON4.48 MB


Professor David Lindenmayer AO
Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University

pdfTranscript263.94 KB
pdfResponse to QON170.51 KB
pdfResponses to further questions729.01 KB


Friends of the Leadbeater's Possum
Steve Meacher, President

pdfTranscript271.26 KB
pdfResponses to QON1.81 MB
pdfResponses to further questions411.05 KB


Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript


Invasive Species Council
Andrew Cox, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript196.94 KB



Australian Deer Association
Barry Howlett, Executive Officer

pdfTranscript195.17 KB


Australian Brumby Alliance
Jill Pickering, President
Ginny Imhoff, Field Officer

pdfTranscript198.39 KB
pdfPresentation5.52 MB

pdfResponses to
82.70 MB


Ecological Consultants Association of Victoria
Fiona Sutton, President
Yasmin Kelsall
Dr Melanie Birtchnell

pdfTranscript210.31 KB
pdfPresentation38.86 MB
pdfResponses to QON140.02 KB


Association for Conservation of Australian Dingoes
Dr Ernest Healy, Secretary

pdfTranscript207.88 KB
pdfPresentation4.43 MB
pdfResponses to QON180.89 KB

Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Meeting Rooms G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Wildlife Victoria
Lisa Palma, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript181.19 KB

Threatened Species Conservancy
Anna Murphy, Director and Head of Flora Ecology

pdfTranscript195.48 KB
pdfPresentation7.38 MB

Australian Wildlife Society
Patrick Medway AM, Honorary Secretary, Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer

pdfTranscript200.14 KB
1.00pm Dr Kylie Cairns, Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW pdfTranscript192.22 KB
pdfPresentation1.41 MB
pdfResponses to QON174.47 KB

Animalia Wildlife Shelter and Rescue
Michelle Thomas, President and Shelter Director
Steven Kuiter, Wildlife Rescuer, Surveyor and Photographer

pdfTranscript202.85 KB
pdfPresentation74.98 MB

Australian Wildlife Protection Council
Peter Hylands, President

pdfTranscript188.82 KB

University of Melbourne
Brendan Wintle, Professor of Conservation Ecology

pdfTranscript224.42 KB
pdfPresentation7.38 MB

Thursday, 3 December 2020
via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability
Dr Gillian Sparkes, Commissioner
Dr Scott Rawlings, Director of Science and Reporting

pdfTranscript216.57 KB
pdfResponses to QON90.88 KB

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Hamish Webb, Director - Knowledge and Planning
James Todd, Executive Director - Biodiversity Division
Kylie White, Deputy Secretary - Environment and Climate Change

Parks Victoria
Dr Mark Norman, Chief Conservation Scientist 

pdfTranscript384.48 KB
pdfResponse to QON - DELWP95.60 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Joint Response 1262.85 KB
pdfAttachment 1 - Gippsland Plains Conservation Action Plan22.79 MB
pdfAttachment 2 - Grampians conservation action plan62.46 MB
pdfAttachment 3 - Mallee conservation action plan60.49 MB
pdfAttachment 4 - Otways Conservation Action Plan18.84 MB
pdfAttachment 5 - River red gum parks/reserves conservation action plan74.05 MB
pdfAttachment 6 - Wilsons prom conservation action plan63.20 MB
pdfAttachment 7 - Wimmera conservation action plan39.13 MB
pdfResponse to QON - Joint Response 2140.29 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Parks Victoria229.10 KB
pdfAttachment 1 - Road Closure Procedure1.74 MB
pdfAttachment 2 - Road safety inspection procedure1.35 MB
pdfAttachment 3 - Seasonal Road Closures193.05 KB


Zoos Victoria
Dr Jenny Gray, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript222.24 KB