Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee (YREAC)


Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee will transition to the new Sustainable Environment Advisory Committee in late 2021 or early 2022. The committee will operate in a similar way to YREAC and will include broader environmental issues.[SB1] 


The Yarra Ranges Environmental Advisory Committee (YREAC) has been established to provide Yarra Ranges Council with local knowledge and constructive advice, input and support on environmental and sustainability issues and initiatives relevant to the management and stewardship of the natural environment within the municipality.

The Committee has a total of twenty two members, as appointed by the Council. This is made up of thirteen appointed community representatives from a range of sectors and representing a breadth of interests and experiences. Community members are appointed as individuals based on their qualifications and experience.

Of the community members, at least two of the positions are for young people with an interest in developing knowledge and networks within the environment sector. A further one position is for a community representative with links to the indigenous community.

Also on the committee are:

  • Two Councillors
  • Four agency representatives, one from each of the following:
    • Parks Victoria
    • Port Phillip and Westernport CMA
    • Melbourne Water
    • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • Three Yarra Ranges Council staff

Examples of topics covered by YREAC

Examples of topics covered include:

  • Liveable Climate Plan
  • Tree Strategy
  • Warburton Mountain Bike Destination
  • Integrated Transport Strategy
  • Regional Forest Reform Project
  • Great Forest National Park
  • Biodiversity Asset Strategy


To find out more about what community programs and opportunities exist, visit our Environment page.

The documented meeting minutes are available below. For more information on the Committee you can read the current Terms of Reference.