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Helping Victorians Bust Their Energy Bills

All Victorian households will receive a $50 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better electricity deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website, potentially saving them hundreds of dollars. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $48 million in the Power Saving Bonus – which is aimed directly..

National Energy Guarantee Statement

The Andrews Labor Government has today agreed that the Energy Security Board progress development of the detailed design of the National Energy Guarantee for determination by the Energy Council at its August 2018 meeting. Victoria will ensure that the NEG framework will not compromise the..

Police Body-worn Cameras To Boost Community Safety

Police in Melbourne’s north will be patrolling with body-worn cameras to better respond to and investigate crime thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today launched the first stage of the Victoria Police state-wide roll out of..

Kicking Off Construction On Our Iconic Penguin Parade

The Andrews Labor Government has celebrated the commencement of works on the iconic new visitor centre for Phillip Island’s much-loved Penguin Parade, which will boost the local economy and tourism in Victoria with the creation of 620 new jobs plus an estimated 200 jobs on-site..

Pick Your Project: New Fund For Locals, Decided By Locals

Local projects will be chosen by local residents under a new community building fund, which will see Victorians nominate and decide on their own funding priorities. The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread..

Victorian Innovators Lead Climate Change Action

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering action on climate change by helping Victorian organisations lead the development of new ideas to help Victoria reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced 24 successful..

Getting On With Melbourne’s Missing Road Link

GETTING ON WITH MELBOURNE’S MISSING ROAD LINK Procurement for Victoria’s biggest ever transport project, the North East Link, will start within the first 100 days of a re-elected Andrews Labor Government. Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio joined Premier Daniel Andrews and Roads Minister Luke..

More Station Car Parking For Epping

The Andrews Labor Government will build more than 70 new car parking spaces at Epping Station as part of the biggest one-off boost to train station parking in Victoria’s history. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will provide $60 million to build more than 2,000 new parking spaces, deliver more secure storage facilities for cyclists and improve access for pedestrians at key stations across Melbourne…

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..