Category: Minister for Planning

Preserving A Ballarat Icon

Works to preserve, protect and open up one of Ballarat’s most historic buildings has begun, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The Ballarat Mechanics Institute will receive $175,000 from round four of the Living Heritage Program for works to the basement of the iconic building, which was built in 1860. The Mechanics Institute […]

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Victoria Leads The Way At Building Ministers Forum

Victoria has led a successful push to spur the Commonwealth into recognising an emerging national insurance crisis in the building industry. At the Building Ministers Forum in Canberra on Friday, the Federal Government agreed to convene an urgent meeting with the Insurance Council of Australia to address the highly stressed professional indemnity insurance market. The […]

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National Leadership Needed At Building Ministers Forum

Victoria is calling on the Commonwealth to ban combustible cladding and restore confidence in the building industry to avoid a national insurance crisis ahead of today’s Building Ministers’ forum in Canberra. Planning Minister Richard Wynne will seek a ban on all Aluminum Composite Cladding containing more than seven per cent polyethylene for use in Victoria, […]

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Expert Panel To Review Victoria’s Building System

The world-renowned building professional who led the review of high-rise regulation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London will be part of an expert panel that leads a comprehensive review of Victoria’s building system. Decorated British engineer Dame Judith Hackitt will be part of the six-person panel that will provide recommendations to Government on a […]

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Smarter Planning For School Infrastructure Upgrades

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for Catholic and independent schools to upgrade and build new vital education facilities across Victoria. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has introduced a streamlined planning permit process for non-government schools that receive funding under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. The new planning process provides support to the […]

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Keeping Kids Safe With New Pool Safety Regulations

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced new mandatory safety regulations for private pools and spas in a bid to reduce the incidence of drownings among young children. The majority of drowning deaths of children under five happen in home swimming pools. In Victoria alone, there have been 27 fatal drownings in private swimming pools and […]

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Protecting Victoria’s Iconic Bellarine Peninsula

Victoria’s beautiful Bellarine Peninsula is now permanently protected from overdevelopment thanks to strengthened planning controls brought in by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today declared this much-loved region a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The declaration follows extensive consultation with local communities, council and Traditional […]

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Stronger Powers For Building Regulator Under New Law

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering greater protections for building and apartment owners under sweeping new changes introduced to Parliament today. The Building and Environment Protection Legislation Amendment Bill will give stronger powers to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to investigate illegal phoenix activity, where companies deliberately go into administration to avoid liability for building […]

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Delivering Lasting Protections For The Bass Coast

Victoria’s precious Bass Coast region is now permanently protected from over-development thanks to strengthened planning controls introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne was in the seaside town of Kilcunda today to officially declare the Bass Coast Shire including Phillip Island, the Bunurong coastlines from Inverloch to Cape Paterson, the George […]

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Standing Up For Combustible Cladding Owners In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will pursue dodgy building practitioners on behalf of owners of apartments covered in combustible cladding. The Building Amendment (Cladding Rectification) Bill 2019, introduced to Parliament today, includes a provision to allow the State to chase wrongdoers through the courts in cases where the State pays for rectification costs. This legislation will […]

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