Topic: Environment

Converting Waste To Energy For A Sustainable Future

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new $2 million program to support the development of waste to energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment of waste. The Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund will boost sustainable energy production using organic and other materials and divert more waste from landfill. As a major food producing […]

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

Australia’s Largest Battery To Be Built In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for expressions of interest to build Australia’s first grid scale battery storage facility. The new 20MW battery will be constructed in the north-west or south-west of Victoria, where the energy market operator has identified opportunities to improve grid reliability. Storage plays a vital role in better integrating renewable energy […]

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

Protecting The Macedon Ranges From Inappropriate Development

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect the much-loved Macedon Ranges from inappropriate development. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne joined Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas in Gisborne last night to announce the Labor Government would deliver on an election commitment to introduce legislation to Parliament that will protect the region’s unique character and […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Planning, Northern Victoria Region

Liberals Plan To Kill Jobs And Increase Power Prices

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s plan to scrap Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) will put thousands of jobs at risk – while significantly increasing power prices and pollution. VRET is providing investment certainty that will drive $9 billion in investment in renewables and large-scale energy storage – creating 11,000 new jobs, cutting the cost of power […]

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

Victoria’s Water Sector Planning For Sustainable Future

Victoria’s water sector will further plan for population growth, climate change and a stronger future supported by  clear new guidelines and direction set by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government’s vision set out in its plan – ­­Water for Victoria –  is for a water sector that’s modern and efficient, innovative, customer focussed, and […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

NSW And Victoria Put Basin Plan Under The Microscope

NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair and Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville have established an expert panel to review the offsets mechanism in the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The review will allow NSW and Victorian Governments to make sure the Plan delivers real environmental benefits without short-changing Basin communities. The panel will provide […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

New Lower Yarra River Management Advisory Committee

The Andrews Labor Government today announced three candidates to form the new Lower Yarra River Management Advisory Committee as part of work to improve management of the Lower Yarra River. In April 2016, the Labor Government announced a suite of new measures including $2.45 million to develop floating berths at Southgate Wharf and a three-person […]

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

New Partnership For Healthier Fish Habitats

The Andrews Labor Government will match funds dollar-for-dollar with community groups for Funds for Fish – a 30-day crowdfunding campaign to help protect local waterways and restore native fish habitats. The campaign – run in partnership with the Australian River Restoration Centre – will encourage communities to become more involved in supporting local river projects […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

Improving Bushfire Safety For All Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to improve Victoria’s powerline safety standards and better protect Victorians from bushfires caused by powerline faults. The Electricity Safety Amendment (Bushfire Mitigation Civil Penalties Scheme) Bill 2017, introduced into Parliament today, includes a strong civil penalties compliance regime to ensure powerline bushfire safety standards are met – and […]

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

Banning Fracking Once And For All

Landmark legislation to permanently ban fracking for gas will today return to the Victorian Parliament as the Andrews Labor Government puts regional communities first to protect our clean and green reputation. Victorians have overwhelmingly embraced a ban on fracking to support farmers, the environment and the state’s vital food and fibre sector. In a national […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Resources, Ministers