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Mernda Test Trains To Run By The End Of September

The Andrews Labor Government’s $600 million Mernda Rail Extension is six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, joined Member for Mill Park Lily..

Certainty For Workers And The Future Of Our Forests

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising the state’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) to support jobs and improve the long-term management of Victoria’s forests. The Labor Government announced today that the East Gippsland, Central Highlands and North East RFAs will be extended until 2020, when the..

Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2018

Entries in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards – which recognise individuals, communities, organisations and businesses that are leading the way to a sustainable future – have been officially opened. The 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards categories are: Built Environment Community Education Environmental Justice Environmental Protection..

Delivering More Large-Scale Battery Storage For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government will build two large-scale batteries – with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and leading energy companies – as part of the most sophisticated energy storage initiative in Australia. The Victorian Government’s energy storage initiative will be strategically located and will provide..

Landfill Levy Waived For Bushfire Victims

The Andrews Labor Government has waived the landfill levy to help Victorians in the south west recover from bushfires. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that the EPA will work with local councils and landfill operators in the Colac-Otway,..

Pumped Hydro Study In Bendigo A Success

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for expressions of interest to investigate the viability of using pumped hydro to store electricity in Bendigo’s empty mineshafts. A pre-feasibility study co-funded by the Labor Government and City of Greater Bendigo has proven it’s technically feasible and economically..

Work To Begin On O’Herns Road Upgrade

Drivers in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to a safer and less congested trip home, with work set to begin on the O’Herns Road Upgrade. Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny has announced that Maca Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build..

Strengthening Partnerships With Environmental Volunteers

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening partnerships and supporting local environmental volunteers through the Community Skills Development Grants. The grants provide an opportunity for groups and networks to access funding to support their planning, leadership and information-sharing to boost their ability to help protect our..

Mernda Rail Extension Update

We have a big year ahead as construction of the Mernda Rail Extension continues. In this update we take a look at the next stage of work as we start to lay rail tracks along the corridor. Snapshot: December to February Over the past few..

Helping Protect Victoria’s Biodiversity

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting dozens of regional projects that will help protect Victoria’s rich biodiversity. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $4.7 million for 67 new targeted, projects that will help regional agencies and government partners work together to..

New Site For New Wollert Schools

The new Wollert Central P6, Wollert East P6 and Wollert East 7-12 is a step closer, with a site in Wollert being acquired as part of a $236.8 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government to buy the land needed to meet the future needs..

Delivering A Fairer And More Affordable Energy Market

Energy retailers need to make it easier to find a better electricity deal by publishing their best offer on bills as part of new changes announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) will also monitor and regularly report on the..

World-Class Bike Trail Opens In Harcourt

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering new world-class bike trails in regional Victoria with the opening of the La Larr Ba Guawa Park in Harcourt – just in time for the Labour Day long weekend. Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Minister for Energy,..

Architects Appointed For Stage One Of Shipwreck Coast

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on and delivering a new and improved Shipwreck Coast with the appointment of architects to undertake the design of Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan. Denton Corker Marshall is one of the world’s leading design practices, having..

World First Guthega Skink Bred In Captivity

Healesville Sanctuary Threatened Species Keepers are celebrating the birth of a Guthega Skink – the first ever born in captivity. It has taken scientists six years to breed this endangered alpine species, which is being cared for in a special breeding facility at Healesville Sanctuary…

New Vertical Farm For CERES Preston

The Andrews Labor Government is helping CERES establish a new indoor vertical farm at its Preston depot and expand its organic food delivery service. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that CERES is the latest social enterprise to receive funding..

Helping Volunteers Monitor Victoria’s Rich Marine Parks

A new app will help volunteers and citizen scientists better monitor Victoria’s unique marine life. The new Sea Search app collects valuable information on Victoria’s marine national parks and sanctuaries, and allows the community to get involved in studying Victorian waters. The app is a..