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Funding Boost To Revitalise The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Andrews Labor Government has announced the biggest funding boost to Victoria’s treasured Royal Botanic Gardens in more than 20 years. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio unveiled a $27 million funding package over five years for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) to revitalise its..

Tougher Laws To Protect Victoria’s Environment

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the powers and tools it needs to stop pollution in its tracks. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio introduced the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament to deliver on the final stages of the Labor Government’s..

Victoria, It’s Time To Submit Your Project Ideas

Victorians everywhere have more time to put forward their great local ideas for funding, with the deadline for the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative extended to 8 July. The Victorian first, $30 million initiative gives every Victorian over the age of 16 the opportunity to..

Test Train On Track To Mernda Next Month

A train will arrive in Mernda for the first time in nearly 60 years next month thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with the first test train on track in preparation for passenger trains running later this year. Construction crews are installing the final section..

Recycling Boost For Regional And Rural Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a major recycling boost to local councils and businesses in regional and rural Victoria. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $4.2 million in funding for 13 recycling projects as part of the second round of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure..

More Funding For Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitators

The Andrews Labor Government has provided Victoria’s wildlife rehabilitators with a further $170,000 in funding to help them care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the more than 100 successful applicants for the 2017/18 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, who..

Construction Begins On Australia’s Largest Wind Farm

Construction has begun on the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, which will see Western Victoria become home to Australia’s biggest wind farm generating enough electricity to power more than 340,000 households. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio today visited the massive wind farm..

New Centre To Drive Energy Policy In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a new energy policy centre to help drive reform, and ensure Victoria’s energy system remains reliable, affordable and increasingly sustainable. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC) – a collaboration with Victorian University,..

New Screening Process For Contaminated Land

The Andrews Labor Government is trialling a more efficient approach for assessing potentially contaminated land in Victoria. The 18-month Preliminary Risk Screen pilot will test and refine a faster and more cost-effective approach to assessing sites that have a low to medium potential for contamination…

Greater Protection For The Alpine National Park

The Andrews Labor Government has released a long-term plan to protect the Alpine National Park from the threat of feral horses. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Protection of the Alpine National Park – Feral Horse Strategic Plan 2018-2021, which is backed by extensive..

Certainty For Workers And Communities In The Latrobe Valley

The Andrews Labor Government has today extended the mine licences of the Latrobe Valley’s major power plants to ensure at least 17 years of rehabilitation, giving certainty to local communities and mine workers. Minister for Resources Tim Pallas announced today that the Labor Government will..

Wonwondah Wind Farm To Power Western Victoria

A new 40 MW wind farm in Western Victoria that will power more than 25,000 households as part of the ongoing renewable energy jobs boom in Western Victoria has been given the crucial sign-off. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced the approval of a..

Community Vision To Shape The Future Of Yarra River

The Andrews Labor Government has released a 50-year community vision for the iconic Yarra River, Birrarung –  the first of its kind for an urban waterway in Australia. Minister for Water Lisa Neville, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate..

Junior Landcare And Biodiversity Grants Now Open

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $400,000 in funding for Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants, to help kids across the state protect Victoria’s environment. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio launched the fund today, which is open to Victorian schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, scouts, guides and..

New Fund To Develop Markets For Recyclables

The Andrews Labor Government has announced a new $2.5 million fund to help develop markets for Victoria’s recyclable waste, and boost research and development into recycling. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Resource Recovery Market Development Fund in Craigieburn, where major road builder Downer is..

News Measures To Protect Victoria’s Flora And Fauna

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced new legislation to better protect biodiversity in Victoria. The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Amendment Bill 2018 modernises and strengthens the existing Act, which has been in place for nearly 30 years and no longer reflects current conservation knowledge and approaches to..

New EPA Governance Board Finalised

Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the remaining appointments to the new Environment Protection Authority (EPA) governing board. The board members bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to their roles and will be pivotal to implementing the Andrews Labor Government’s EPA reform..

Pick Your Project: Grassroots Community Fund Now Open

Victorians everywhere now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund. Minister for Suburban Development Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson to mark the..