Helping Councils Deliver A Healthy Environment

15:13' 03-08-2017
Thirteen Victorian councils, with $4.8 million of State Government help, will take part in a pilot program designed to improve local responses to pollution and waste issues.

    EPA Victoria officers Nigel Nicholls and Greg Trezise testing the water quality at Eastern Beach earlier this year. Picture: Mike Dugdale


    The pilot will embed ten officers in local councils for a period of 15 months commencing in September this year. The successful councils are Port Phillip, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Wyndham, Surf Coast, Mildura, Greater Shepparton, Wodonga, Loddon, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Brimbank and Hobsons Bay.

    The Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment pilot program is part of the State Government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the new officers will work closely with the EPA and the council to respond to smaller-scale and lower risk waste and pollution complaints, such as small to medium scale illegal dumping, litter, noise, dust and odour arising from small business and industry.

    Their duties will also include responding to complaints, providing information and education activities to support prevention of pollution, and proactive inspections of premises to support compliance.

    The government has also announced $4.7 million for Climate Change Innovation Challenge grants and workshops across Victoria. The grants will support innovative projects and promote local action on climate change with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Workshops will be held to provide key stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss regional climate change priorities and match best ideas with funding opportunities, starting in Bendigo in early September.

    “Victorians know their climate is changing,” said Minister D’Ambrosio, “which is why we’re providing communities with the tools to help them adjust and develop the solutions that meet their local needs.”

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