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New Electronic Tracking System For Waste Sector

Chemical waste will be electronically monitored from July this year, under an Andrews Labor Government crackdown on the illegal storage of hazardous material. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will invest $5.5 million to switch to a fully GPS electronic tracking system to better record the production, movement and receipt of industrial waste. The EPA currently uses a mix of electronic and paper waste transport certificates – with up to 100,000 paper certificates received each year. The new system will enable EPA to monitor the movement of waste more quickly and more accurately, compared to the paper certificates, which can be time consuming and difficult to process. This move will see the EPA phase out the paper certificates by 1 July 2019, ensuring all certificates are recorded electronically. A new integrated waste tracking tool, with improved data analytics and reporting, will also be developed over the next 12 months, to deliver insights on sector activity, trends and highlight potential illegal activity. This best practice tracking system will be finalised by March 2020, so that industry has three months to transition before the new Environment Protection Act legislation comes into effect on 1 July 2020. The new legislation will introduce modern surveillance devices, tougher penalties and a greater focus on industry responsibility and proactively managing risks to human health and environment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change “We’re implementing these new measures to crack down on the illegal storage of hazardous waste and increase safety for the community.” “Moving to a fully electronic GPS tracking system will mean we know when and where these chemicals are being moved and stored – so we can identify potentially illegal activity and catch these criminals in the act.” Quote attributable to EPA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cathy Wilkinson “The introduction of a fully electronic waste transport certificate system will enable EPA to better track the movement of waste by providing improved quality data, helping us to detect potential risks and intervene earlier.”

New Electronic Tracking System For Waste Sector

Chemical waste will be electronically monitored from July this year, under an Andrews Labor Government crackdown on the illegal storage of hazardous material. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will invest $5.5 million to switch to a fully GPS electronic tracking system to better record the production, movement and receipt of industrial waste. The EPA currently uses a mix of electronic and paper waste transport certificates – with up to 100,000 paper certificates received each year. The new system will enable EPA to monitor the movement of waste more quickly and more accurately, compared to the paper certificates, which can be time consuming and difficult to process. This move will see the EPA phase out the paper certificates by 1 July 2019, ensuring all certificates are recorded electronically. A new integrated waste tracking tool, with improved data analytics and reporting, will also be developed over the next 12 months, to deliver insights on sector activity, trends and highlight potential illegal activity. This best practice tracking system will be finalised by March 2020, so that industry has three months to transition before the new Environment Protection Act legislation comes into effect on 1 July 2020. The new legislation will introduce modern surveillance devices, tougher penalties and a greater focus on industry responsibility and proactively managing risks to human health and environment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change “We’re implementing these new measures to crack down on the illegal storage of hazardous waste and increase safety for the community.” “Moving to a fully electronic GPS tracking system will mean we know when and where these chemicals are being moved and stored – so we can identify potentially illegal activity and catch these criminals in the act.” Quote attributable to EPA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cathy Wilkinson “The introduction of a fully electronic waste transport certificate system will enable EPA to better track the movement of waste by providing improved quality data, helping us to detect potential risks and intervene earlier.”

Contract Awarded For Stage Two Upgrade Of Plenty Road

Drivers are another step closer to a fully upgraded Plenty Road from Mill Park to Mernda, with the contract for stage two works between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road awarded to Decmil. The second stage of the Andrews Labor Government’s $178.6 million upgrade includes an additional lane in each direction to boost capacity and the installation of new safety barriers to keep drivers safe. This work is separate to the works recently conducted by a private developer and will see twelve major intersections upgraded, including Waterview Boulevard, Francesca Drive and Bridge Inn Road where traffic lights will be added to boost traffic flow and improve access for local residents. Plenty Road will be widened from four lanes to six lanes between Bush Boulevard and Riverdale Boulevard, and from two lanes to four lanes between Riverdale Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road. After extensive community feedback, we are also replacing the roundabout at Bridge Inn Road with traffic lights in preparation for the Suburban Roads Upgrade of Bridge Inn Road between Plenty and Yan Yean Roads. Construction will commence later this year following contractor site establishment and design development works which will be getting underway soon. Stage two is due to be complete by mid-2021. Plenty Road is a key arterial route through some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and links the communities of Whittlesea, Doreen and Mernda to Melbourne. This important upgrade work will slash congestion, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak, and improve access to local jobs, schools, shops and parklands for the 35,000 motorists using this road each day. Traffic management will be in place during the works including lane changes and some reduced speed limits. Stage one of the upgrade is well underway and will add a new lane in each direction between McKimmies Road and Bush Boulevard and the upgrade of five intersections for 52,000 drivers travelling on this section every day. Work on the first stage will also improve cyclist and pedestrian safety with wider and smoother pathways and the installation of safety barriers. Stage one of the upgrade is expected to be complete by mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Plenty Road connects some of Victoria’s fastest growing regions and we’re keeping up with this growth by getting on with the second stage of this vital project.” “This is yet another key upgrade in Melbourne’s north, along with Yan Yean Road and O’Herns Road, so we can get people where they need to be sooner and safer.” Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Getting on with upgrading Plenty Road means faster, smoother and safer journeys for everyone living in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The first stage of the Plenty Road Upgrade is nearing completion and along with stage two will bring major relief to the tens of thousands of motorists who use this key route through Melbourne’s north every day.”

Contract Awarded For Stage Two Upgrade Of Plenty Road

Drivers are another step closer to a fully upgraded Plenty Road from Mill Park to Mernda, with the contract for stage two works between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road awarded to Decmil. The second stage of the Andrews Labor Government’s $178.6 million upgrade includes an additional lane in each direction to boost capacity and the installation of new safety barriers to keep drivers safe. This work is separate to the works recently conducted by a private developer and will see twelve major intersections upgraded, including Waterview Boulevard, Francesca Drive and Bridge Inn Road where traffic lights will be added to boost traffic flow and improve access for local residents. Plenty Road will be widened from four lanes to six lanes between Bush Boulevard and Riverdale Boulevard, and from two lanes to four lanes between Riverdale Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road. After extensive community feedback, we are also replacing the roundabout at Bridge Inn Road with traffic lights in preparation for the Suburban Roads Upgrade of Bridge Inn Road between Plenty and Yan Yean Roads. Construction will commence later this year following contractor site establishment and design development works which will be getting underway soon. Stage two is due to be complete by mid-2021. Plenty Road is a key arterial route through some of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and links the communities of Whittlesea, Doreen and Mernda to Melbourne. This important upgrade work will slash congestion, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak, and improve access to local jobs, schools, shops and parklands for the 35,000 motorists using this road each day. Traffic management will be in place during the works including lane changes and some reduced speed limits. Stage one of the upgrade is well underway and will add a new lane in each direction between McKimmies Road and Bush Boulevard and the upgrade of five intersections for 52,000 drivers travelling on this section every day. Work on the first stage will also improve cyclist and pedestrian safety with wider and smoother pathways and the installation of safety barriers. Stage one of the upgrade is expected to be complete by mid-2019. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “Plenty Road connects some of Victoria’s fastest growing regions and we’re keeping up with this growth by getting on with the second stage of this vital project.” “This is yet another key upgrade in Melbourne’s north, along with Yan Yean Road and O’Herns Road, so we can get people where they need to be sooner and safer.” Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green “Getting on with upgrading Plenty Road means faster, smoother and safer journeys for everyone living in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.” Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “The first stage of the Plenty Road Upgrade is nearing completion and along with stage two will bring major relief to the tens of thousands of motorists who use this key route through Melbourne’s north every day.”

New And Improved Picnic Grounds For Badger Weir

Visitors to Badger Weir in the Yarra Ranges National Park now have access to new and improved picnic grounds thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially reopened the site, which received a $1.69 million funding boost from the Labor Government. The popular Badger Weir site has been closed since 2016 after a storm wreaked significant and widespread damage to the park, including hundreds of fallen trees and damage to infrastructure. New barbeques, picnic tables, shelters, paths, toilets, signage, fencing, and a new footbridge and staircase to the weir are just some of the improvements made, providing revitalised public spaces. Reconstruction efforts were supported by volunteers who kindly donated their time and provided valuable assistance in getting the park ready to be reopened. With the help of volunteers and Parks Victoria staff, visitors can now enjoy an even better Badger Weir site – which is home to forests of tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns that support native animals such as possums, bats, owls, parrots and Crimson Rosellas. The Yarra Ranges National Park is also home to 14 plant species that have been identified as being rare or threatened, including the Slender Tree-fern and Tree Geebung. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “It’s fantastic to see this well-loved area reopened and better than ever for locals and tourists visiting this beautiful Park.” “I encourage people to get back to Badger Weir picnic grounds and take full advantage of these new and improved facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This project has really been a community effort and I want to thank all the volunteers involved for their tireless work.”

New And Improved Picnic Grounds For Badger Weir

Visitors to Badger Weir in the Yarra Ranges National Park now have access to new and improved picnic grounds thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially reopened the site, which received a $1.69 million funding boost from the Labor Government. The popular Badger Weir site has been closed since 2016 after a storm wreaked significant and widespread damage to the park, including hundreds of fallen trees and damage to infrastructure. New barbeques, picnic tables, shelters, paths, toilets, signage, fencing, and a new footbridge and staircase to the weir are just some of the improvements made, providing revitalised public spaces. Reconstruction efforts were supported by volunteers who kindly donated their time and provided valuable assistance in getting the park ready to be reopened. With the help of volunteers and Parks Victoria staff, visitors can now enjoy an even better Badger Weir site – which is home to forests of tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns that support native animals such as possums, bats, owls, parrots and Crimson Rosellas. The Yarra Ranges National Park is also home to 14 plant species that have been identified as being rare or threatened, including the Slender Tree-fern and Tree Geebung. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “It’s fantastic to see this well-loved area reopened and better than ever for locals and tourists visiting this beautiful Park.” “I encourage people to get back to Badger Weir picnic grounds and take full advantage of these new and improved facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This project has really been a community effort and I want to thank all the volunteers involved for their tireless work.”

Consultation On Draft Barmah Plan Begins

Victorians can now have their say on the future of the Barmah National Park with the release of the draft four-year strategic plan for public consultation. Strategic Action Plan: Protection of floodplain marshes in Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest Ramsar site (2019-2023) outlines management strategies to improve the health of the internationally significant floodplain marshes in the Barmah Forest Ramsar Site and the Barmah National Park. The site supports at least 553 native species of flora and 273 native species of fauna – it is a vital habitat for thousands of waterbirds, native fish, aquatic mammals, reptiles and frogs. The draft plan sets out a range of conservation measures to increase the extent and cover of wetland vegetation, including Moira grass, by: improving current ecological water regimes controlling the grazing and impacts of feral horses, feral pigs, deer and goats managing invasive plants. Current estimates are that more than 500 feral horses feed off and trample the Barmah National Park to destructive levels. This has been identified as a key cause in the environmental degradation of the National Park. In the first stage of the plan, the aim is to reduce the feral horse population down to approximately 100 animals by 2023. The long-term goal is for total removal. The plan is the result of almost 10 years of consultation with the community, which resulted in a formal engagement and three roundtable meetings with the community to develop the draft plan in 2018. The Barmah Forest Ramsar Site is largely located within Barmah National Park and is jointly managed by Parks Victoria and the Traditional Owners, the Yorta Yorta Nation. The ecological health of the area is essential to Traditional Owners’ cultural and spiritual connection to Country. Victorians are encouraged to review the draft plan and provide their feedback between 5 April and 30 May 2019 at engage.vic.gov.au/barmah-strategic-action-plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We have developed a strong plan to protect this important part of the world and we’re encouraging the community to have their say.” “We want to protect the environment and cultural heritage of Barmah National Park and ensure it’s maintained for future generations.”

Consultation On Draft Barmah Plan Begins

Victorians can now have their say on the future of the Barmah National Park with the release of the draft four-year strategic plan for public consultation. Strategic Action Plan: Protection of floodplain marshes in Barmah National Park and Barmah Forest Ramsar site (2019-2023) outlines management strategies to improve the health of the internationally significant floodplain marshes in the Barmah Forest Ramsar Site and the Barmah National Park. The site supports at least 553 native species of flora and 273 native species of fauna – it is a vital habitat for thousands of waterbirds, native fish, aquatic mammals, reptiles and frogs. The draft plan sets out a range of conservation measures to increase the extent and cover of wetland vegetation, including Moira grass, by: improving current ecological water regimes controlling the grazing and impacts of feral horses, feral pigs, deer and goats managing invasive plants. Current estimates are that more than 500 feral horses feed off and trample the Barmah National Park to destructive levels. This has been identified as a key cause in the environmental degradation of the National Park. In the first stage of the plan, the aim is to reduce the feral horse population down to approximately 100 animals by 2023. The long-term goal is for total removal. The plan is the result of almost 10 years of consultation with the community, which resulted in a formal engagement and three roundtable meetings with the community to develop the draft plan in 2018. The Barmah Forest Ramsar Site is largely located within Barmah National Park and is jointly managed by Parks Victoria and the Traditional Owners, the Yorta Yorta Nation. The ecological health of the area is essential to Traditional Owners’ cultural and spiritual connection to Country. Victorians are encouraged to review the draft plan and provide their feedback between 5 April and 30 May 2019 at engage.vic.gov.au/barmah-strategic-action-plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We have developed a strong plan to protect this important part of the world and we’re encouraging the community to have their say.” “We want to protect the environment and cultural heritage of Barmah National Park and ensure it’s maintained for future generations.”

 

Reducing Food Waste In Victoria’s Hospitality Industry

The Victorian hospitality industry now has access to a free program to help reduce commercial food waste, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is investing $500,000 in the Love Food Hate Waste Business pilot program to help hospitality businesses reduce the environmental and financial impact of food waste – Victoria’s largest waste stream. The free program is available to all Victorian hospitality businesses and provides practical resources like food waste tracking tools, action plans and online support, to help them take meaningful steps towards cutting food waste. New research from Sustainability Victoria reveals Victorian hospitality business produce an average of 5.6 tonnes of food waste every year and 85 percent of hospitality businesses consider food waste to be a significant issue. The launch of the program builds on the success of the Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘Love a List’ challenge, with 1,200 households participating in the program to reduce their household food waste. For more information, visit lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au/business. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This practical program will help Victorian hospitality businesses send less waste to landfill and reduce their operating costs.” “Reducing food waste saves money and reduces our impact on the environment – this program will help local businesses realise these benefits.” “We can all take action to help reduce the impacts of food waste – the Victorian hospitality industry can play an important role to help solve this problem.”

Reducing Food Waste In Victoria’s Hospitality Industry

The Victorian hospitality industry now has access to a free program to help reduce commercial food waste, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government is investing $500,000 in the Love Food Hate Waste Business pilot program to help hospitality businesses reduce the environmental and financial impact of food waste – Victoria’s largest waste stream. The free program is available to all Victorian hospitality businesses and provides practical resources like food waste tracking tools, action plans and online support, to help them take meaningful steps towards cutting food waste. New research from Sustainability Victoria reveals Victorian hospitality business produce an average of 5.6 tonnes of food waste every year and 85 percent of hospitality businesses consider food waste to be a significant issue. The launch of the program builds on the success of the Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘Love a List’ challenge, with 1,200 households participating in the program to reduce their household food waste. For more information, visit lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au/business. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This practical program will help Victorian hospitality businesses send less waste to landfill and reduce their operating costs.” “Reducing food waste saves money and reduces our impact on the environment – this program will help local businesses realise these benefits.” “We can all take action to help reduce the impacts of food waste – the Victorian hospitality industry can play an important role to help solve this problem.”

Funding Boost For Recycling Recovery Projects

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and councils to improve their recycling practices and expand their operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched Repurpose It’s new $8.5 million washing plant facility in Epping – which will recover and treat materials previously destined for landfill and convert them into valuable resources. The Labor Government invested $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund into the project, which is the first of its kind in Australia and will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year. Repurpose It are partnering with Labor Government projects, including the Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains, North East Link and the Western Distributor to integrate waste into road and rail infrastructure across the state. The grant comes from the first round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, which has awarded $14.5 million to support 47 projects through three rounds of the program. The latest round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is now open – with grants between $40,000 and $500,000 available to support greater sorting, improve recovery and reprocessing priority materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. A further $1.2 million is also available to support the market development of recycled materials, under round two of the $4.5 million Research, Development & Demonstration Program. Applications for the fourth round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund are now open. For more information and to apply for funding, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re supporting large-scale infrastructure projects like this one to reduce Victoria’s dependence on landfills, create new jobs and drive investment.” “Our Recycling Industry Strategic Plan is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets so that more material is diverted from landfill.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The very best recycling technology is available right here in Epping – investing in projects like this one is not only good for the environment, it’s helping to support local jobs and industry.”

Funding Boost For Recycling Recovery Projects

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian businesses and councils to improve their recycling practices and expand their operations to recover valuable products and reduce waste going to landfill. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched Repurpose It’s new $8.5 million washing plant facility in Epping – which will recover and treat materials previously destined for landfill and convert them into valuable resources. The Labor Government invested $500,000 from the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund into the project, which is the first of its kind in Australia and will divert more than 500,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year. Repurpose It are partnering with Labor Government projects, including the Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains, North East Link and the Western Distributor to integrate waste into road and rail infrastructure across the state. The grant comes from the first round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund, which has awarded $14.5 million to support 47 projects through three rounds of the program. The latest round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund is now open – with grants between $40,000 and $500,000 available to support greater sorting, improve recovery and reprocessing priority materials such as plastic, paper, cardboard and glass. A further $1.2 million is also available to support the market development of recycled materials, under round two of the $4.5 million Research, Development & Demonstration Program. Applications for the fourth round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund are now open. For more information and to apply for funding, visit sustainability.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re supporting large-scale infrastructure projects like this one to reduce Victoria’s dependence on landfills, create new jobs and drive investment.” “Our Recycling Industry Strategic Plan is helping Victoria’s recycling sector adjust to changes in world recycling markets so that more material is diverted from landfill.” Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny “The very best recycling technology is available right here in Epping – investing in projects like this one is not only good for the environment, it’s helping to support local jobs and industry.”

Solar Retailer Code Of Conduct To Lift Standards

Solar retailers participating the Andrews Labor Government’s Solar Homes program will have to sign up to a code of conduct to prove they meet the highest safety and quality standards. Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that from 1 July, the major solar retailers participating in the Solar Homes program must sign up to the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Retailer Code of Conduct if they wish to continue. All other retailers taking part in the program will have until the 1 November to become signatories to the Code. Requiring businesses to be Approved Solar Retailers will protect consumers from dodgy providers and help establish a more level playing field for the solar installation industry, which is booming thanks to the Labor Government’s rebate program. The Clean Energy Council will expand its existing application process to ensure solar retailers wanting to take part in the Solar Homes program can have their Code of Conduct applications processed before the deadlines. Breaches of the terms of the Solar Retailer’s Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the Clean Energy Council. Sanctions for breaching the code range from warnings to potential loss of Clean Energy Council approval and referral to other agencies including Consumer Affairs Victoria, WorkSafe and Energy Safe Victoria. Retailers that are not signatories to the Code will not be able to take part in the 10-year Solar Homes program. Solar Victoria is also conducting regular auditing of installed systems to further ensure safety and quality standards are being met – five per cent of all installations will be audited. The Labor Government is working to help Victorians take control of their energy costs with the landmark Solar Homes package, which will deliver solar hot water systems to 60,000 homes, solar electricity panels to 700,000 homes – including 50,000 rental properties – and solar batteries to 10,000 homes. More information about the Retailer Code of Conduct is available at solaraccreditation.com.au/retailers. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re making sure that safety and quality is the number one consideration for providers delivering our Solar Homes package.” “This Code of Conduct will make it easier for households to know what they’re entitled to and easier for retailers to do the right thing.” “We won’t cut corners in rolling out this landmark package – we’re giving Victorians the support they need to take part and take back control of their energy costs.”

Solar Retailer Code Of Conduct To Lift Standards

Solar retailers participating the Andrews Labor Government’s Solar Homes program will have to sign up to a code of conduct to prove they meet the highest safety and quality standards. Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that from 1 July, the major solar retailers participating in the Solar Homes program must sign up to the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Retailer Code of Conduct if they wish to continue. All other retailers taking part in the program will have until the 1 November to become signatories to the Code. Requiring businesses to be Approved Solar Retailers will protect consumers from dodgy providers and help establish a more level playing field for the solar installation industry, which is booming thanks to the Labor Government’s rebate program. The Clean Energy Council will expand its existing application process to ensure solar retailers wanting to take part in the Solar Homes program can have their Code of Conduct applications processed before the deadlines. Breaches of the terms of the Solar Retailer’s Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the Clean Energy Council. Sanctions for breaching the code range from warnings to potential loss of Clean Energy Council approval and referral to other agencies including Consumer Affairs Victoria, WorkSafe and Energy Safe Victoria. Retailers that are not signatories to the Code will not be able to take part in the 10-year Solar Homes program. Solar Victoria is also conducting regular auditing of installed systems to further ensure safety and quality standards are being met – five per cent of all installations will be audited. The Labor Government is working to help Victorians take control of their energy costs with the landmark Solar Homes package, which will deliver solar hot water systems to 60,000 homes, solar electricity panels to 700,000 homes – including 50,000 rental properties – and solar batteries to 10,000 homes. More information about the Retailer Code of Conduct is available at solaraccreditation.com.au/retailers. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re making sure that safety and quality is the number one consideration for providers delivering our Solar Homes package.” “This Code of Conduct will make it easier for households to know what they’re entitled to and easier for retailers to do the right thing.” “We won’t cut corners in rolling out this landmark package – we’re giving Victorians the support they need to take part and take back control of their energy costs.”

New Website Unearths Victoria’s Past To Protect Our Future

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new online tool to help Victorians identify and investigate the quality of land and groundwater on their properties. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the Victoria Unearthed site would help property owners identify past uses of their land, to help them better understand the history of the site. Victorians can now enter an address, suburb, town or area into the searchable map and access information related to potential historical or existing contamination for that address. Victoria Unearthed includes data about land and groundwater that’s been brought together in the one place for the first time, Victoria Unearthed also includes over 160,000 historical business listings from directories dating back to the 1890s – digitised for the first time from hard copies preserved by State Library Victoria. As well as providing a valuable resource for historians, these historical business listings from old phone books can help Victorians understand more about potential contamination risks posed by past business activities. Further investigation will be required to determine the precise condition of the land or groundwater on each site. The Victoria Unearthed website is part of the Labor Government’s record $182.4 million investment to overhaul the state’s Environment Protection Authority. Other actions include stronger powers for the environmental regulator and initiatives like the Preliminary Risk Screen pilot, which is testing a faster, more cost-effective approach to assessing sites that have a low to medium potential for contamination. Victoria Unearthed, and further information on the tool, is available at environment.vic.gov.au/victoria-unearthed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re making sure that Victorians are better protected than ever before from issues such as contamination.” “This website will help people know the real story about what’s underneath their properties – with handy information right at their fingertips.”

New Website Unearths Victoria’s Past To Protect Our Future

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new online tool to help Victorians identify and investigate the quality of land and groundwater on their properties. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the Victoria Unearthed site would help property owners identify past uses of their land, to help them better understand the history of the site. Victorians can now enter an address, suburb, town or area into the searchable map and access information related to potential historical or existing contamination for that address. Victoria Unearthed includes data about land and groundwater that’s been brought together in the one place for the first time, Victoria Unearthed also includes over 160,000 historical business listings from directories dating back to the 1890s – digitised for the first time from hard copies preserved by State Library Victoria. As well as providing a valuable resource for historians, these historical business listings from old phone books can help Victorians understand more about potential contamination risks posed by past business activities. Further investigation will be required to determine the precise condition of the land or groundwater on each site. The Victoria Unearthed website is part of the Labor Government’s record $182.4 million investment to overhaul the state’s Environment Protection Authority. Other actions include stronger powers for the environmental regulator and initiatives like the Preliminary Risk Screen pilot, which is testing a faster, more cost-effective approach to assessing sites that have a low to medium potential for contamination. Victoria Unearthed, and further information on the tool, is available at environment.vic.gov.au/victoria-unearthed. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re making sure that Victorians are better protected than ever before from issues such as contamination.” “This website will help people know the real story about what’s underneath their properties – with handy information right at their fingertips.”