Topic: Environment

Protecting our environment and our energy future

The Andrews Labor Government will protect our environment and ensure a reliable and affordable energy supply for every Victorian. Under the Victorian Budget 2017/18, more than $921 million will help boost our bushfire prevention capability, protect our clean and green environment, prepare our state for climate change and to continue the fight for a fair […]

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

Secure water supplies for a stronger Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of delivering Water for Victoria – an investment in water security, jobs, and a healthy environment for all Victorians. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $116 million over three years to improve water security for local communities, support farmers, protect Victorian jobs, and improve the […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

Supporting A Family-Friendly Day At The Zoo

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring our youngest Victorians can continue to explore the wonders of our world-class zoos, at no cost to families. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will provide $5.8 million to continue the successful ‘Kids Go Free’ policy. Thanks to this investment, children aged 4-16 are given free entry to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne […]

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

Supporting The Pipeline Of New Water Leaders

The Andrews Labor Government is opening up a new round of grants to support professional development and innovation in the water sector. Applications for the Our Catchments Our Communities Leadership Development Grants open May 1 and aim to support the next generation of leaders in water management across Victoria. The Our Catchments Our Communities Leadership […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

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 […]

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

Councils Taking Action For Greener Vehicle Fleets

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has announced $33,200 for a program led by Nillumbik Shire Council to develop a plan for more environmentally friendly vehicle fleets. Nillumbik received the funding to work with Darebin City, Manningham City, Moreland City and Yarra City councils to conduct a feasibility study to assess how emissions from their […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Local Government

Work Begins On Johnstone Park Raingarden

Work has started today on a $1.85 million raingarden at Johnstone Park in central Geelong, an environmental and water saving initiative developed by the Andrews Labor Government. The raingarden will improve the park’s amenity, liveability and environmental sustainability by harvesting and reusing stormwater runoff for irrigation. This will reduce demand on drinking water and filter […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

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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Advocating For State’s Most Vulnerable Water Customers

A new advocate will act as a voice for Victorian water customers, as prices are reviewed over the next 15 months. Announced today by Minister for Water Lisa Neville, the Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) and the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) will be given a grant to fund a full-time advocate on behalf of […]

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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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