Archives for June, 2019

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Cleaning Up Council Recycling Contracts

The Andrews Labor Government is cutting red tape to help local councils deliver better, more sustainable kerbside collection services to their communities now and in the future. Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek has issued a state-wide exemption for local councils to remove the administrative..

Transforming How Victoria Recycles Plastic Waste

Victoria is now home to a new state-of-the-art plastics recycling plant in Melbourne’s north that is set to process 70,000 tonnes of plastic each year. Advanced Circular Polymers’ $20 million advanced plastics recycling facility in Somerton, which received a $500,000 funding boost from the Andrews..

Full Steam Ahead For Recycled Plastic Railway Sleepers

Trains travelling through Richmond will now be running on railway sleepers made from recycled plastic as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s war on waste. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne were at Richmond train station today to see..

Berrybank Wind Farm Construction Underway

Work is now underway on the Berrybank Wind Farm, which will generate enough energy to power around 138,000 homes thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).

A Genuine, Compassionate Choice For Victorians

From today, Victorians with a terminal illness will be able to make an initial request to access voluntary assisted dying, giving them the genuine and compassionate choice over the manner of their death that they deserve. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today joined chair of..

Banning The Bag To Reduce Plastic Pollution

Lightweight, single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned across Victoria from 1 November this year, under new legislation introduced to parliament today by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio said the ban was a crucial step in protecting Victoria’s rivers, waterways, oceans..

Solar Homes Rolling Out To Even More Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is putting power back in the hands of hard-working Victorians with its landmark Solar Homes program set to be fully rolled out, helping drive down energy costs and creating thousands of jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio..

Big Battery Power For North Western Victoria

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm is hard at work in North Western Victoria – storing clean energy from the Gannawarra Solar Farm and providing much needed power to the state’s energy grid. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited the..

Victorian Schools Leading The Way On Sustainability

Victorian schools have been recognised for their efforts to boost sustainability and care for the environment at this year’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the winners of the Resource SmartSchools Awards at a ceremony at the MCG..

Boosting Victoria’s E-Waste Collection Network

Disposing of e-waste will soon be easier than ever, with Officeworks helping to boost the number of collection sites available across Victoria, ahead of the e-waste to landfill ban starting on 1 July 2019. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today visited Officeworks in Richmond –..

Expert Panel Delivers Report On Interim Emissions Targets

The Andrews Labor Government is taking the next step in achieving its target of net zero emissions by 2050, tabling expert independent advice on setting interim targets and kicking off a new round of community and industry consultation. The consultation will inform the Labor Government’s..

New Parks For Melbourne’s Growing Suburbs

Victorians will soon have access to thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands, with the Andrews Labor Government investing $154 million on a ring of new parklands in the growing suburbs that need it most. Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio said the unprecedented..

Strengthening Victoria’s Recycling Industry

The Andrews Labor Government is tackling the challenges facing the recycling industry and helping to reduce plastic pollution with a new $34.9 million package of recycling reforms. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new funding would help to create a..