Category: Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Reducing Bushfire Risk With Innovative Technology

The Andrews Labor Government is using innovative energy solutions to help keep communities safe from bushfires. The $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety Program is providing Stand-Alone Power System (SAPS) grants to targeted landowners in selected regional areas who opt-in to the initiative. Properties at the end of high voltage powerlines in the most acute bushfire-risk […]

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Storage To Strengthen Victoria’s Energy System

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for detailed proposals for large scale battery energy storage facilities in western Victoria. The call comes following an exceptionally strong market response to an expressions of interest process run in February and March this year. Earlier this year the Labor Government announced $25 million to support large-scale energy storage, to enhance the reliability of our grid and unlock economic growth in […]

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Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Construction Underway

Construction of the Mt Gellibrand wind farm began today, a project that will generate electricity to power more than 60,000 households. The new 132MW windfarm, located 17km west of Winchelsea, is the result of the first round of successful tenderers in the Andrews Labor Government’s Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative (RCPI). This will bring forward capital […]

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New North-West EPA Office Officially Opens In Bendigo

Environment Protection Authority (EPA)  has officially opened its new regional office in Bendigo. The office will service the north-west region of Victoria, including Mildura, Horsham, Macedon Ranges, Northern Grampians and Campaspe. The multi-purpose, open plan building houses an onsite lab, video conferencing, a large conference room ideal for community consultation and hot desks for EPA […]

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Renewable Energy Projects To Boost Supply And Create Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1 million to establish a series of community power hubs in regional Victoria and investigate the renewable energy potential of Bendigo’s historic mineshafts. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $900,000 for three, two-year pilot Community Power Hubs in Bendigo, Ballarat and the Latrobe Valley. […]

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New Investigation Into Public Land In The Central West

A new investigation has been launched into the management and conservation of public land in and around central western Victorian forests. Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC) will conduct the Central West Investigation on public land in and around the Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range state forests. The two-year investigation includes an extensive public […]

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Hooded Plover Population Benefiting From Dog Ban

Threatened wildlife in the Mornington Peninsula National Park are benefitting from the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to permanently prohibit dogs from the park. The dog ban was put in place along the 42km coastline in November 2016 to protect the threatened Hooded Plover and its habitat. Parks Victoria say the move has led to an […]

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Threatened Regent Honeyeaters Take Flight At Chiltern

Around 100 captive bred Regent Honeyeaters will be released into Victoria’s north-east this week as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to stop the decline of the state’s unique biodiversity. Community-based monitoring of previous releases has confirmed relatively high post-release survival and provided a unique opportunity for volunteers to actively participate in a threatened […]

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Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2017

Entries are now open for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards. Last year’s winners included residents of an apartment complex in East St Kilda who worked together to convert their rooftop into a green upstairs ‘backyard’ to save on energy, water and costs through a project called Green roof in the city. The community project […]

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New Accomodation Opens At The Prom

Accommodation at Wilsons Promontory National Park has been expanded following the opening of six new units at Tidal River. The Andrews Labor Government funded the $2 million project which provides improved access for people with a disability. Six newly built stylish accommodation units have now replaced units that were damaged by floods in 2011. Each […]

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