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New Picnic Upgrades And Masterplan For Plenty Gorge

The Andrews Labor Government has released the final Plenty Gorge Park Master Plan, along with an $800,000 investment to upgrade the Hawkstowe Picnic Area. Minister for Environment and Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the plan, which will strengthen access and connections throughout the park. The Hawkstowe Picnic Area is a key visitor site in the park’s west. The upgrade will provide easy access to a family-friendly setting suitable for community events and leisure activities. Key initiatives in the plan include: A new park entrance at Hawkstowe Completion of the 21-kilometre Plenty River Trail Development of a mountain bike trail plan Improvement of Nioka Bush Camp Establishment of a habitat management strategy Located 20 kilometres north of Melbourne, Plenty Gorge Park extends 11 kilometres along Plenty River from Mernda to Bundoora. Developed in consultation with Traditional Owners, visitors and residents, the plan will improve recreational opportunities for the area’s rapidly growing population. The final master plan will also ensure Plenty Gorge Park protects the environmental and cultural values for future generations to enjoy. The final master plan also recognises the enduring connection of the Wurundjeri people to the area and focuses on the recognition of cultural sites. To view the final plan, visit engage.vic.gov.au/plenty-gorge-park-draft-master-plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas – it’s important that we have green open spaces like Plenty Gorge to escape and unwind.” “These upgrades and the masterplan will ensure residents and visitors can continue to enjoy Plenty Gorge in the years to come.”

New Picnic Upgrades And Masterplan For Plenty Gorge

The Andrews Labor Government has released the final Plenty Gorge Park Master Plan, along with an $800,000 investment to upgrade the Hawkstowe Picnic Area. Minister for Environment and Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the plan, which will strengthen access and connections throughout the park. The Hawkstowe Picnic Area is a key visitor site in the park’s west. The upgrade will provide easy access to a family-friendly setting suitable for community events and leisure activities. Key initiatives in the plan include: A new park entrance at Hawkstowe Completion of the 21-kilometre Plenty River Trail Development of a mountain bike trail plan Improvement of Nioka Bush Camp Establishment of a habitat management strategy Located 20 kilometres north of Melbourne, Plenty Gorge Park extends 11 kilometres along Plenty River from Mernda to Bundoora. Developed in consultation with Traditional Owners, visitors and residents, the plan will improve recreational opportunities for the area’s rapidly growing population. The final master plan will also ensure Plenty Gorge Park protects the environmental and cultural values for future generations to enjoy. The final master plan also recognises the enduring connection of the Wurundjeri people to the area and focuses on the recognition of cultural sites. To view the final plan, visit engage.vic.gov.au/plenty-gorge-park-draft-master-plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas – it’s important that we have green open spaces like Plenty Gorge to escape and unwind.” “These upgrades and the masterplan will ensure residents and visitors can continue to enjoy Plenty Gorge in the years to come.”

New Plan To Guide Management Of Victorian Parks

The Andrews Labor Government is working with Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners to jointly manage six parks in Loddon Mallee, under Victoria’s second Joint Management Plan. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio joined the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board to launch the Dja Dja Wurrung Joint Management Plan (JMP), preserving Traditional Owners’ strong connection to lands and waterways. The plan involves Dja Dja Wurrung peoples working in partnership with the Labor Government to manage six parks under Aboriginal title in Loddon Mallee. The partnership will deliver future opportunities for knowledge sharing, employment and education, and improve park visitor experiences. The parks included in the plan are: Greater Bendigo National Park Hepburn Regional Park Kara Kara National Park Kooyoora State Park Paddys Ranges State Park Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve. The JMP is the result of significant work by Traditional Owners and the Labor Government. To view the JMP visit: dhelkunyadja.org.au/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D ’Ambrosio “This plan recognises the importance of Traditional Owners in helping to manage the future of these parks.” “We’re protecting these landscapes for future generations, while creating local opportunities for jobs, education and training.” Quotes attributable to Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board Chair Graham Atkinson “Today’s launch breaks new ground for settling the unfinished business that has stood between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of this country for nearly 160 years.”  “The future of these six Dja Dja Wurrung Parks looks very promising through their Joint Management by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Government.” Quote attributable to Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation Chair Trent Nelson “Joint management will help establish trust between Djaara and the State, and the inclusion of culturally appropriate management will provide a more worthwhile and captivating visitor experience and increase the value of these parks.”

New Plan To Guide Management Of Victorian Parks

The Andrews Labor Government is working with Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners to jointly manage six parks in Loddon Mallee, under Victoria’s second Joint Management Plan. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio joined the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board to launch the Dja Dja Wurrung Joint Management Plan (JMP), preserving Traditional Owners’ strong connection to lands and waterways. The plan involves Dja Dja Wurrung peoples working in partnership with the Labor Government to manage six parks under Aboriginal title in Loddon Mallee. The partnership will deliver future opportunities for knowledge sharing, employment and education, and improve park visitor experiences. The parks included in the plan are: Greater Bendigo National Park Hepburn Regional Park Kara Kara National Park Kooyoora State Park Paddys Ranges State Park Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve. The JMP is the result of significant work by Traditional Owners and the Labor Government. To view the JMP visit: dhelkunyadja.org.au/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D ’Ambrosio “This plan recognises the importance of Traditional Owners in helping to manage the future of these parks.” “We’re protecting these landscapes for future generations, while creating local opportunities for jobs, education and training.” Quotes attributable to Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board Chair Graham Atkinson “Today’s launch breaks new ground for settling the unfinished business that has stood between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of this country for nearly 160 years.”  “The future of these six Dja Dja Wurrung Parks looks very promising through their Joint Management by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Government.” Quote attributable to Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation Chair Trent Nelson “Joint management will help establish trust between Djaara and the State, and the inclusion of culturally appropriate management will provide a more worthwhile and captivating visitor experience and increase the value of these parks.”

Action Plan To Protect The Great Ocean Road

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a landmark plan to protect the Great Ocean Road coast and its parks for generations to come. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio joined Minister for Tourism John Eren, Chair of Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Jason Mifsud and Wadawurrung Geelong Office Manager Corrina Eccles in Lorne today to launch the Great Ocean Road Action Plan. The Plan includes a range of far-reaching reforms to preserve and enrich the iconic region along Victoria’s south-west coast, including a dedicated agency with an independent board to protect the area and its environment. Under the plan, stand-alone legislation will recognise the landscapes of the Great Ocean Road as ‘one integrated and living entity’, with an overarching strategic framework plan for the length of the Road, enshrined in law. The Plan also includes a new planning approvals process to stop inappropriate development and encourage environmentally-sustainable developments. Like many international tourist destinations, places along the Great Ocean Road are challenged by increasing numbers of visitors, forces of nature – and the impacts of climate change. The coast, parks and scenic landscapes along the Great Ocean Road are so important that they need, and deserve, their own management arrangements. The plan follows 26 recommendations made by the independent Great Ocean Road Taskforce, which carefully considered community feedback provided in face-to-face conversations with 780 people and more than 570 submissions. To view the plan and the Co-Chair’s Final report, visit engage.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This action plan will protect the Great Ocean Road and its environment for the long-term and ensure we are prepared for the challenges this coastal environment will face in the years to come.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren “This is about preserving and enriching the natural beauty of this iconic destination, which attracts so many visitors from Victoria, Australia and around the world every year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This plan is about protecting the environment of the Great Ocean Road, and the jobs, businesses and communities that rely on it.” Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This plan will stop overdevelopment along the coast and protect its rugged character for future generations.”

Action Plan To Protect The Great Ocean Road

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled a landmark plan to protect the Great Ocean Road coast and its parks for generations to come. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio joined Minister for Tourism John Eren, Chair of Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Jason Mifsud and Wadawurrung Geelong Office Manager Corrina Eccles in Lorne today to launch the Great Ocean Road Action Plan. The Plan includes a range of far-reaching reforms to preserve and enrich the iconic region along Victoria’s south-west coast, including a dedicated agency with an independent board to protect the area and its environment. Under the plan, stand-alone legislation will recognise the landscapes of the Great Ocean Road as ‘one integrated and living entity’, with an overarching strategic framework plan for the length of the Road, enshrined in law. The Plan also includes a new planning approvals process to stop inappropriate development and encourage environmentally-sustainable developments. Like many international tourist destinations, places along the Great Ocean Road are challenged by increasing numbers of visitors, forces of nature – and the impacts of climate change. The coast, parks and scenic landscapes along the Great Ocean Road are so important that they need, and deserve, their own management arrangements. The plan follows 26 recommendations made by the independent Great Ocean Road Taskforce, which carefully considered community feedback provided in face-to-face conversations with 780 people and more than 570 submissions. To view the plan and the Co-Chair’s Final report, visit engage.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This action plan will protect the Great Ocean Road and its environment for the long-term and ensure we are prepared for the challenges this coastal environment will face in the years to come.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren “This is about preserving and enriching the natural beauty of this iconic destination, which attracts so many visitors from Victoria, Australia and around the world every year.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford “This plan is about protecting the environment of the Great Ocean Road, and the jobs, businesses and communities that rely on it.” Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “This plan will stop overdevelopment along the coast and protect its rugged character for future generations.”

Yume Food Wins Major Premier’s Sustainability Award

Yume Food has won the Premier’s Recognition Award at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for developing an online marketplace for quality surplus food. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio presented the award to Yume Food at a ceremony in Melbourne last night for its work connecting suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that goes to landfill in Australia every year. Yume Food facilitates transactions between buyers and suppliers, arranges delivery of goods and manages donations to registered food rescue organisations, helping ensure food gets to the people who need it most. Earlier in the evening, Yume Food won the Innovative Products or Services category, as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises category. The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was won by the Gannawarra Shire Council for a program that puts sustainability at the heart of its local economic future, featuring the first large scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria. Celebrating its 16th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards is Victoria’s highest-profile sustainability awards program across business, government, health, education and community. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners – I hope your success motivates more Victorians to become advocates for a cleaner, healthier environment.” “The range of work these organisations do demonstrates that sustainability is alive and well in every kind of community, business and government group right across Victoria.”

Yume Food Wins Major Premier’s Sustainability Award

Yume Food has won the Premier’s Recognition Award at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for developing an online marketplace for quality surplus food. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio presented the award to Yume Food at a ceremony in Melbourne last night for its work connecting suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that goes to landfill in Australia every year. Yume Food facilitates transactions between buyers and suppliers, arranges delivery of goods and manages donations to registered food rescue organisations, helping ensure food gets to the people who need it most. Earlier in the evening, Yume Food won the Innovative Products or Services category, as well as the Small and Medium Enterprises category. The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was won by the Gannawarra Shire Council for a program that puts sustainability at the heart of its local economic future, featuring the first large scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria. Celebrating its 16th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards is Victoria’s highest-profile sustainability awards program across business, government, health, education and community. For a full list of this year’s winners, visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners – I hope your success motivates more Victorians to become advocates for a cleaner, healthier environment.” “The range of work these organisations do demonstrates that sustainability is alive and well in every kind of community, business and government group right across Victoria.”

 

New Designs Released For The Shipwreck Coast

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled new designs for tourist facilities along the Shipwreck Coast, improving experiences for the growing number of visitors to the region. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio revealed designs today for infrastructure projects at Twelve Apostles’ Saddle Lookout, the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and the Blowhole Lookout, as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan. Parks Victoria is now calling for expressions of interest for construction of facilities at the Saddle Lookout and the Pedestrian Bridge, while work at the Blow Hole will proceed in Stage Two of the plan. Each year, more people visit the Great Ocean Road region than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined, and in the year ending June 2017, its 5.8 million visitors spent $1.3 billion supporting 11,200 jobs in the region. The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a program to protect the coastline between Princetown and the Bay of Islands. Over time, it will deliver an increase of $254 million in annual spending and the creation of 3,834 Victorian jobs. Local artist Vicki Couzens drew inspiration from black and white cockatoos – totemic to the tribes of the Eastern Maar – for the design of the Twelve Apostles lookout, while the Blowhole Lookout replicates a breaching whale, with the seating to reflect the barnacles on its back. For more information about the Ship Wreck Coast masterplan, visit parkweb.vic.gov.au. For information on the Expression of Interest process for construction of the new infrastructure, visit tenders.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These world class designs will deliver better facilities for visitors to the Great Ocean Road.” “We’re working in partnership with Traditional Owners to manage our parks and improve nature-based tourism.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism John Eren “The Shipwreck Coast is one of the most treasured parts of our state and we’re ensuring it can cater to everyone who wants to visit.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “These wonderfully designed new facilities will make visiting the Shipwreck Coast even more enjoyable.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Jamie Lowe “The coastline and rock formations were sites of great significance where traditional custodians performed ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal.” “Recognising and partnering with Traditional Owners in such designs not only represents an opportunity for bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together, it is an opportunity to showcase an internationally iconic landscape in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way that maximises tourism potential.”

New Designs Released For The Shipwreck Coast

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled new designs for tourist facilities along the Shipwreck Coast, improving experiences for the growing number of visitors to the region. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio revealed designs today for infrastructure projects at Twelve Apostles’ Saddle Lookout, the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and the Blowhole Lookout, as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan. Parks Victoria is now calling for expressions of interest for construction of facilities at the Saddle Lookout and the Pedestrian Bridge, while work at the Blow Hole will proceed in Stage Two of the plan. Each year, more people visit the Great Ocean Road region than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined, and in the year ending June 2017, its 5.8 million visitors spent $1.3 billion supporting 11,200 jobs in the region. The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a program to protect the coastline between Princetown and the Bay of Islands. Over time, it will deliver an increase of $254 million in annual spending and the creation of 3,834 Victorian jobs. Local artist Vicki Couzens drew inspiration from black and white cockatoos – totemic to the tribes of the Eastern Maar – for the design of the Twelve Apostles lookout, while the Blowhole Lookout replicates a breaching whale, with the seating to reflect the barnacles on its back. For more information about the Ship Wreck Coast masterplan, visit parkweb.vic.gov.au. For information on the Expression of Interest process for construction of the new infrastructure, visit tenders.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These world class designs will deliver better facilities for visitors to the Great Ocean Road.” “We’re working in partnership with Traditional Owners to manage our parks and improve nature-based tourism.” Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism John Eren “The Shipwreck Coast is one of the most treasured parts of our state and we’re ensuring it can cater to everyone who wants to visit.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney “These wonderfully designed new facilities will make visiting the Shipwreck Coast even more enjoyable.” Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Jamie Lowe “The coastline and rock formations were sites of great significance where traditional custodians performed ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal.” “Recognising and partnering with Traditional Owners in such designs not only represents an opportunity for bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together, it is an opportunity to showcase an internationally iconic landscape in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way that maximises tourism potential.”

New Wind Farm Developments Bring Jobs To Geelong

Two new wind farm developments supported by the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) reverse auction are delivering new industries and jobs for Geelong. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio was in Geelong to announce the development of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) – which will build wind turbines for the 180 megawatt (MW) Berrybank Wind Farm and the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm. Global supplier Vestas has been nominated as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the two projects, triggering the investment in the hub. The VREH will directly employ up to 27 locals, train hundreds of staff in wind turbine maintenance and support local wind turbine manufacturing in Australian for the first time in over 10 years. It will also include: A Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facility for the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the Dundonnell and Berrybank projects The Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the successful VRET projects and existing Vestas projects in MacArthur and Challicum Hills Wind Turbine Technician Training through a Memorandum of Understanding with Federation University to support the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre (BRETC), training at least 20 technicians per year Australian Main Component Logistics and Maintenance Centre to house wind turbine major components The Wind Carbon Research Partnership with Carbon Nexus, a Deakin University initiative to research the next generation of carbon fibre specifically for use in wind turbine blades. To support long term renewable energy investment in Victoria, Vestas has also signed an agreement with GeelongPort to use its shipping facilities and 40,000m2 of laydown area located at Corio Quay South. The Berrybank farm will include 43 turbines, while the Dundonnell facility will feature 80 turbines. Both projects will use 64 per cent local content under the Labor Government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy. The Labor Government’s first renewable energy auction will generate more than 900 MW of new clean energy, driving down energy prices for Victorian families. Together, these projects will generate $1.1 billion of economic investment in regional Victoria and create more than 900 jobs, including 270 apprenticeships and traineeships. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These wind farms will not only drive down energy prices across Victoria, they will create jobs here in Geelong.” “All of this is at risk under Matthew Guy, who has promised to scrap our renewable energy targets and the thousands of jobs they’re creating if he becomes Premier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens “This hub will bring more local jobs to Geelong in an industry that is only going to get bigger.” “Unlike the Liberals, we’re supporting the renewable energy industry and ensuring it has the certainty to invest in Geelong.”

New Wind Farm Developments Bring Jobs To Geelong

Two new wind farm developments supported by the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) reverse auction are delivering new industries and jobs for Geelong. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio was in Geelong to announce the development of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) – which will build wind turbines for the 180 megawatt (MW) Berrybank Wind Farm and the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm. Global supplier Vestas has been nominated as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the two projects, triggering the investment in the hub. The VREH will directly employ up to 27 locals, train hundreds of staff in wind turbine maintenance and support local wind turbine manufacturing in Australian for the first time in over 10 years. It will also include: A Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facility for the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the Dundonnell and Berrybank projects The Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the successful VRET projects and existing Vestas projects in MacArthur and Challicum Hills Wind Turbine Technician Training through a Memorandum of Understanding with Federation University to support the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre (BRETC), training at least 20 technicians per year Australian Main Component Logistics and Maintenance Centre to house wind turbine major components The Wind Carbon Research Partnership with Carbon Nexus, a Deakin University initiative to research the next generation of carbon fibre specifically for use in wind turbine blades. To support long term renewable energy investment in Victoria, Vestas has also signed an agreement with GeelongPort to use its shipping facilities and 40,000m2 of laydown area located at Corio Quay South. The Berrybank farm will include 43 turbines, while the Dundonnell facility will feature 80 turbines. Both projects will use 64 per cent local content under the Labor Government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy. The Labor Government’s first renewable energy auction will generate more than 900 MW of new clean energy, driving down energy prices for Victorian families. Together, these projects will generate $1.1 billion of economic investment in regional Victoria and create more than 900 jobs, including 270 apprenticeships and traineeships. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “These wind farms will not only drive down energy prices across Victoria, they will create jobs here in Geelong.” “All of this is at risk under Matthew Guy, who has promised to scrap our renewable energy targets and the thousands of jobs they’re creating if he becomes Premier.” Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens “This hub will bring more local jobs to Geelong in an industry that is only going to get bigger.” “Unlike the Liberals, we’re supporting the renewable energy industry and ensuring it has the certainty to invest in Geelong.”

New Land Use Framework To Protect Anglesea

The Andrews Labor Government has released a new plan to protect the former Alcoa coal mine and power station site in Anglesea from Matthew Guy and his push to turn Victoria’s Surf Coast into the Gold Coast. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today released a Land Use Framework that lays out a future for the site free from urban development, without any change to township boundaries. The framework also incorporates Anglesea Heath into the Great Otway National Park, ensuring it continues to be a beautiful part of Victoria’s natural heritage for generations to come. Under the new framework, new areas will be opened up to the public for the first time in 50 years – with better infrastructure, facilities and trails, and opportunities for eco and adventure tourism to support jobs in the future. The Messmate Track will only be accessible for emergency, utility services access and park management purposes.  Parks Victoria will install barriers as part of the works to realign Coalmine Road. Surf Coast Shire Council is currently consulting with stakeholders on future options for the bike park, but the Labor Government supports retaining a bike park in the area and will provide an alternate site if needed. The framework is the product of three years of community engagement on rehabilitation, management and future land use options. It does not rezone or approve any development on the land. The Framework complements the recent announcement that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will declare both the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act – enshrining planning protection this beautiful part of Victoria in law. Community drop-in sessions will be held in the coming weeks to answer questions on the Framework. For more information and to view the Framework in full, visit engage.vic.gov.au/angleseafutures. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We want to protect his beautiful area from Matthew Guy and the out-of-control-development he wants to see here and across regional Victoria.”    “The new framework will maintain the natural beauty of this area and open it up for future generations to enjoy and explore.” Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “We won’t let Matthew Guy turn the Surf Coast into the Gold Coast – that’s why we’ve set out this long term plan for this site and will legislate planning protection for the Bellarine and Surf Coast if re-elected.”

New Land Use Framework To Protect Anglesea

The Andrews Labor Government has released a new plan to protect the former Alcoa coal mine and power station site in Anglesea from Matthew Guy and his push to turn Victoria’s Surf Coast into the Gold Coast. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today released a Land Use Framework that lays out a future for the site free from urban development, without any change to township boundaries. The framework also incorporates Anglesea Heath into the Great Otway National Park, ensuring it continues to be a beautiful part of Victoria’s natural heritage for generations to come. Under the new framework, new areas will be opened up to the public for the first time in 50 years – with better infrastructure, facilities and trails, and opportunities for eco and adventure tourism to support jobs in the future. The Messmate Track will only be accessible for emergency, utility services access and park management purposes.  Parks Victoria will install barriers as part of the works to realign Coalmine Road. Surf Coast Shire Council is currently consulting with stakeholders on future options for the bike park, but the Labor Government supports retaining a bike park in the area and will provide an alternate site if needed. The framework is the product of three years of community engagement on rehabilitation, management and future land use options. It does not rezone or approve any development on the land. The Framework complements the recent announcement that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will declare both the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act – enshrining planning protection this beautiful part of Victoria in law. Community drop-in sessions will be held in the coming weeks to answer questions on the Framework. For more information and to view the Framework in full, visit engage.vic.gov.au/angleseafutures. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We want to protect his beautiful area from Matthew Guy and the out-of-control-development he wants to see here and across regional Victoria.”    “The new framework will maintain the natural beauty of this area and open it up for future generations to enjoy and explore.” Quote attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “We won’t let Matthew Guy turn the Surf Coast into the Gold Coast – that’s why we’ve set out this long term plan for this site and will legislate planning protection for the Bellarine and Surf Coast if re-elected.”

More Funding And Better Tools For Injured Wildlife

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring injured wildlife get the help they need, with a new online help tool and more than $171,000 in funding for rehabilitators. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched Help for Injured Wildlife, a new tool that connects Victorians with volunteers and professionals who can assist animals when they are in trouble. The new online tool provides information about wildlife rehabilitators, rescue organisations and veterinarians in local areas who can care for the type of animal in need of help, such as a kangaroo or koala. The tool is smartphone compatible and includes advice for first responders according to the type of animal and the injury it appears to have sustained. Victoria has a network of authorised and dedicated volunteers who provide an essential service helping wildlife found in distress or pain. To further support Victoria’s wildlife volunteers, 102 recipients will share in almost $170,000 as part of the latest round of the Labor Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants. The Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants help with the costs associated with caring for Victoria’s diverse wildlife. The program supports wildlife rehabilitators buy equipment and infrastructure to help with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program has provided over $1.5 million to the state’s wildlife carers since 2008. For more information on the Help for Injured Wildlife tool and Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This tool will make it quicker and easier for injured animals to get the help they need, anywhere in Victoria.” “Our Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.”

More Funding And Better Tools For Injured Wildlife

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring injured wildlife get the help they need, with a new online help tool and more than $171,000 in funding for rehabilitators. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched Help for Injured Wildlife, a new tool that connects Victorians with volunteers and professionals who can assist animals when they are in trouble. The new online tool provides information about wildlife rehabilitators, rescue organisations and veterinarians in local areas who can care for the type of animal in need of help, such as a kangaroo or koala. The tool is smartphone compatible and includes advice for first responders according to the type of animal and the injury it appears to have sustained. Victoria has a network of authorised and dedicated volunteers who provide an essential service helping wildlife found in distress or pain. To further support Victoria’s wildlife volunteers, 102 recipients will share in almost $170,000 as part of the latest round of the Labor Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants. The Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants help with the costs associated with caring for Victoria’s diverse wildlife. The program supports wildlife rehabilitators buy equipment and infrastructure to help with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program has provided over $1.5 million to the state’s wildlife carers since 2008. For more information on the Help for Injured Wildlife tool and Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This tool will make it quicker and easier for injured animals to get the help they need, anywhere in Victoria.” “Our Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.”