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Government Takes Control Of Lara Waste Stockpile

The Andrews Labor Government has stepped in to clean up a huge waste stockpile at Lara, with the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) taking action to reduce the risk to community and environment. EPA has used its powers under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to take over..

Banning Single-Use Plastic Bottles In Victorian Zoos

All single-use plastic bottles will be banned from Zoos Victoria sites in an effort to move towards zero public waste going to landfill. From 1 May, single-use plastic bottled water and soft drinks, along with straws and plastic bags, will no longer be used or..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Work Starts On The Mortlake South Wind Farm

Work is underway to build Victoria’s latest wind farm, including a Victorian-first underground transmission line which will set new best-practice for connecting clean energy projects to the national grid. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited the site south of Mortlake..

Illegal Reptile Smuggling Syndicate Busted In Melbourne

Raids have been carried out across Melbourne this morning busting an illegal reptile smuggling ring attempting to sell Australian lizards on the black market overseas. More than 150 lizards have been seized since the brazen operation was discovered in June 2018 by Australia Post and..

Grants Open To Protect The Health Of Port Phillip Bay

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a healthier Port Phillip Bay – benefiting Victorians and tourists, as well as protecting one of the state’s most important ecosystems. The final round of the Port Phillip Bay Fund (PPBF) in now open, with $850,000 of funding available..

Delivering A Better Energy Deal For All Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is forcing big power companies to give Victorians a better deal on their power bills. The Labor Government will today introduce a Bill into parliament to legislate a Victorian Default Offer that will cut the cost of energy for households across..

Victorian Solar Hot Water Systems Rebate Now Available

Victorians are getting the extra support they need to drive down their energy costs, with rebates now available for solar hot water systems as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Solar Homes package. Victorian households can now claim up to $1,000 rebate for solar hot water systems..

Delivering Energy Savings For Victorian Hospitals

Hospitals across Victoria are seeing major reductions in their energy bills, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s energy efficiency program. Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio said hospitals like Brunswick Private Hospital are rapidly introducing energy efficiency measures to help..

Farewelling Victoria’s First Renewable Energy Advocate

The Andrews Labor Government thanks Simon Corbell for his work and dedication as he steps down as Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Advocate. Mr Corbell brought more than 20 years of senior experience in public policy to the Renewable Energy Advocate position and acted as a..

Entries Open For 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards

Victorian schools who are minimising waste, saving energy and water, increasing biodiversity and tackling climate change are set to be recognised by Sustainability Victoria as part of the 2019 ResourceSmart Schools Awards. Minister for Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio today encouraged schools to enter Victoria’s largest sustainability..