The Andrews Labor Government has established a new $1.15 million grants program to support local councils respond to the challenges of climate change.
The Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 will support Victoria’s councils as they help their local communities and businesses prepare for climate change and build resilience to the challenges it will create.
Victoria’s local government sector is a critical contributor to addressing climate change and has already made significant progress in driving local action.
The Labor Government recognises the importance of collaboration between state and local governments in addressing climate change and making sure action reflects local needs and priorities.
The grants will assist councils to drive local climate change action including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making effective and innovative decisions on how to increase resilience of services and assets.
The Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 consist of a competitive round of grants of between $20,000 and $80,000 open to all councils and a non-competitive round of grants of up to $10,000 specifically for resource-constrained councils.
Applications for the Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 close on 29 December 2015.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville
“The impacts of climate change are real, and acting on climate change is fundamental for a thriving, resilient Victoria. We need to support local government to take advantage of the opportunities for jobs, growth, cleaner industries and more liveable communities.”
“The Government recognises the need for a coordinated, whole of government approach and the need to work closely with the community, including local councils.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins
“Many local councils have a fantastic record of working with their communities to tackle climate change – today’s announcement will help further that work.”
“The impact of climate change is felt by all Victorians, and it is up to us to take action and reduce its effects – at a national, state and local level.”