Topic: Environment

Victoria’s First Chief Environmental Scientist Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening the powers of Victoria’s environmental watchdog, today welcoming the appointment of Victoria’s inaugural Chief Environmental Scientist. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced $45.5 million of initial funding in January over the next two years for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). EPA Victoria has appointed […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Liberals, Nationals Show They Are Fakes On Fracking

Victorian Liberals and Nationals have again betrayed farmers and abandoned regional Victoria by voting against a motion calling on Commonwealth support for the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill. Matthew Guy has today proved he would rather side with the Sydney-centric Liberal Prime Minister than the people of Victoria. Liberals and Nationals voted against […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Resources

New Commissioner To Oversee Latrobe Valley Mine Rehab

The Andrews Labor Government has today introduced a Bill into Parliament to establish the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner. The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 will set up the statutory office of the Commissioner to monitor and audit mine rehabilitation, and consult local communities. This delivers on a […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Resources

Keeping Organics Out Of Melbourne Landfills

The Andrews Labor Government is diverting more than half a million tonnes of food and garden waste away from Melbourne’s landfills annually. Through the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, two major agreements have been secured by councils including: five councils in Melbourne’s east – Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges – which have […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Ombudsman Report Into Mount Buller And Mount Stirling Management Board

Today the Victorian Ombudsman released a report into allegations of improper conduct by officers at the Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Resort Management Board. The report implicated officers of the resort in the misuse of public funds and public resources. As the Minister responsible I expect high standards of behaviour from Board members and senior […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Climate Change Roundtable To Guide Our Farming Future

The Andrews Labor Government has today convened a Roundtable to explore how Victoria’s agribusiness and primary producers can best continue to work at adapting to a hotter and drier climate. The Roundtable brings together farmers, scientists, commodity experts and industry leaders to explore future agricultural research and development opportunities, and other adaptation measures to address […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Agriculture

Desal Flows To Secure Melbourne’s Water Supply

The first water from the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant has begun to flow into the Cardinia Reservoir helping to deliver water security for Victoria. The delivery marks a significant milestone in guaranteeing a secure and resilient water grid – a grid that supports lives and livelihoods and combats the threat of reduced rainfall from climate change. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

Victoria Backs Action To Improve Basin Plan

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver a Murray Darling Basin Plan that ensures all water users’ interests are protected. Visiting Mildura today for the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council meeting, Minister for Water Lisa Neville said Victoria was working with the other States and the Commonwealth to deliver an outcome which benefits farmers, regional communities […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

What should we do with 11 MCGs worth of new open space?

We’re ‘unlocking’ the equivalent of 11 MCGs worth of open space by elevating the Cranbourne-Pakenham line. The question is, what should we put there? Futsal pitches? Car parks? Rock climbing walls? Outdoor gyms? Dog parks? Community veggie patches? BBQ areas with built-in Eskys? It’s your call. Let me know your ideas in the comments…then visit […]

Categories: Facebook, South Eastern Metropolitan Region, Video

Fracking Banned In Victoria, Giving Certainty To Farmers

Victoria’s farmers and our proud regional communities now have certainty after the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill passed the Victorian Parliament. The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 passed through the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment this afternoon. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a ban on […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Resources