In this issue:                                                                    September, 2016

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper
Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper
Australian Pest Animal Strategy and Australian Weeds Strategy
Community Renewable Energy Projects
In brief
Events

Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper

We would like to thank councils that provided comments on our draft submission to the Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper.

The Directions Paper is very high level and lacks detail on how the various goals, principles and action areas will be progressed, particularly in relation to roles and responsibilities, and funding.

We noted the State’s decision not to circulate a draft plan for public comment is a missed opportunity to gather more targeted input for the final plan.

Our final submission is available on our website.

Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper

The State Government recently released the Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper for comment.

The MAV and the Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) prepared a Members Brief outlining the proposed content of the new Act and associated policy changes, provided preliminary views, and asked questions of councils.

Our draft submission will be circulated to councils shortly. The ABM will also be preparing a submission. Final submissions are due by 23 October.

Australian Pest Animal Strategy and Australian Weeds Strategy

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is undertaking public consultation on the revised Australian Pest Animal Strategy and Australian Weeds Strategy 2017 to 2027.

The strategies describe how Australian local, state and federal government agencies work with the community and industry to prevent the spread of new pest animals, and manage issues in relation to weeds.

We have made a brief submission to the Australian Pest Animal Strategy, which will be published on our website shortly. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 14 October.

Community Renewable Energy Projects

The Victorian Government has released the Community Renewable Energy Projects discussion paper.

The paper seeks to encourage communities to play an active role in delivering the government's renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

Specifically, the paper addresses the definition of community renewable energy projects; the payment-in-lieu-of-rates methodology for community scale projects; and the planning arrangements for community scale wind farms.

We will draft a response to the paper in consultation with the sector. The deadline for submissions is 28 November. The MAV contact is Claire Dunn.

In brief

  • Round 1 of the Living Heritage Grants Program is open until 7 November for places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register. Councils are eligible to apply for grants up to $200,000.
  • VICFLORA is now available online. The website provides a comprehensive and current guide of wild plants of Victoria.
Upcoming MAV events...

12 October

Drones: Implications for Local Government Workshop

14 October

Statewide Maternal and Child Health Conference

19 October

BESS Advanced Training

 

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