Earth Resources Regulation has stopped processing new licence applications in East Gippsland and Victoria’s alpine region due to the ongoing bushfire situation.
It’s important that applicants and communities impacted by the Victorian bushfires have an opportunity to engage in the licensing process. This includes a fair opportunity for landholders and community members to consider and respond to statutory newspaper advertisements.
Applications to renew or amend existing licences will be considered on a case by case basis. The impact of bushfires on communities in the area and how the application impacts the licensee’s immediate operations and its employees will contribute to the regulator’s decision.
Earth Resources Regulation will continue to closely monitor the bushfire situation and resume processing new licence applications as soon it is confident that people from bushfire impacted communities are able to participate in the process.