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Government Takes Action To Improve Energy Safety

The Andrews Labor Government will support 42 of 43 recommendation of the independent review of Victoria’s energy safety framework. The detailed review has identified that reform is needed to ensure Victoria has a strong regulator to watch over energy assets privatised by the Kennett Government…

Belfast Reserve Management Plan Released

The Andrews Labor Government has released a management plan for the Belfast Coastal Reserve that will better regulate dog-walking and commercial horse training along the coastline. Key features of the 15-year management plan include: a ‘Conservation Zone’ prohibiting horse riding and dog-walking a ‘Conservation and..

The Inner West To Have Their Say On Air Quality

The Andrews Labor Government is giving locals the opportunity to provide input into future improvements for air quality in the inner west. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced the Inner West Air Quality..

Feral Cats Declared As A Pest Animal In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is acting to protect Victoria’s precious biodiversity and threatened wildlife by declaring the feral cat as an established pest animal. The declaration applies to areas of Crown land managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Phillip..

Mernda Trains Return After 60 Years

Passenger trains will return to Mernda for the first time in almost 60 years from Sunday 26 August, with the South Morang line to become the new Mernda line. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green..

Community-Backed Solar Delivering For Geelong

Residents living in Geelong’s Multicultural Aged Care Centre Services (MACS) will soon have access to cheaper energy, thanks to a 520-panel solar project funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens to open the project, which..

Making Victoria’s Power Distribution Networks More Reliable

The widespread power outages during the 2018 Australia Day weekend heatwave were due to failures in privately-owned distribution networks, not lack of energy supply, a new report has confirmed. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio today released the Victorian Government review, which has made 15 recommendations..

More Funding For Victoria’s Landcare Groups

The Andrews Labor Government has announced almost $2 million in funding for Victoria’s Landcare and other environmental volunteers in the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants program. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green to welcome the establishment of..

New Technology Points To Bushfire Safety Breakthrough

A project funded by the Andrews Labor Government to help stop powerlines from sparking bushfires has had an early breakthrough. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio approved a $650,000 grant to Melbourne-based technology company IND Technology to fund its Early Fault Detection system (EFD) on the..

Boost For Victoria’s Renewable Energy Powerhouse

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $500,000 to help transition one of Victoria’s strongest renewable energy regions towards a thriving low-carbon economy. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was in Ballarat today to announce that Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNeT) will use..

Delivering A New Plan For The Future Of Recycling

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a new plan for the future of recycling to strengthen the sector. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced a $37 million package that will increase the quality of recycled materials in Victoria and develop..

Busting Energy Bills With New $50 Power Savings Bonus

Victorians can now register for the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 Power Saving Bonus when they visit the Victorian Energy Compare website and search for a better deal on their gas and electricity bills. Premier Daniel Andrews encouraged households across the state to get online and..

New Chapter For The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the members of a new independent body to manage the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve. The Caulfield Trust will focus on improving public access and use of the Reserve, while ensuring the Caulfield Racecourse continues to be one of Australia’s premier..

Solar Upgrade Boost For The Latrobe Valley

The Andrews Labor Government will fund solar PV installations on 30 public buildings and sites in the Latrobe Valley to help reduce emissions at a local level. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was in Morwell to announce the sites that will..

Latrobe Community Power Hub Launched

Residents in the City of Latrobe, Baw Baw and Wellington Shires can now buy locally-made solar hot water systems, thanks to an investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was in Morwell to launch the Gippy Bulk..

High-Tech Compost Plant A Step Closer For Morwell

A proposal to develop a best practice regional composting facility near Morwell has received a $500,000 boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited the site of the $5 million project today, which will use an enclosed..

Greater Protections And Benefits For Victorian Families

Victorians in apartments and communal properties will be granted new rights from 1 July 2018, thanks to reforms introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has given expanded powers to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) to better protect customers living in high-rise apartments,..

Victoria Says No To Plastic Waste

The Andrews Labor Government will ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags from 2019 to help protect our environment from plastic pollution. The ban will come into effect from late next year and will include all plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns in thickness –..