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Supporting programs

Community engagement

An extensive, proactive and phased community and stakeholder engagement program will ensure that communities around the Victorian Gas Program are informed and involved as the studies progress. Landholders and local residents will have access to the scientific findings and be provided with opportunities to ask questions and get answers along the way. A community engagement officer will be based in the Warrnambool area to engage with community groups and members.

Community information sessions and open days in the areas most prospective for gas will be held on the geoscience and environmental studies and covering other topics of interest, such as gas production methods and regulatory controls.

Frequent briefings and information will be provided to councils, community leaders and community groups, with the aim to keep them up-to-date on the progress of the studies. 

Resource planning

A detailed landscape inventory will be prepared to identify key natural resource, cultural, environmental and existing land use values in the areas prospective for gas, including gaining a clear understanding of community views.

Resource planning activities conducted in parallel with the geoscientific and environmental studies will ensure that any future gas exploration and development only takes place where it is appropriate to the local context.

Regulatory improvements

A comprehensive regulatory review will be undertaken in parallel with the geoscience studies, community engagement and resource planning activities.  A key focus will be to identify national and international best practice in gas regulation, with the aim to inform government decisions in the future.