In this issue:                                                                    February, 2017

Victorian Climate Change plans released
Sustainable Buildings: Unlocking Local Leadership 
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act review

Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations review
Water policy submissions
EPA Inquiry government response
A few events of note


Victorian Climate Change plans released

The Victorian Government has released its Climate Change Framework and Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

The framework sets out the government’s vision for Victoria in 2050 and reiterates its commitment to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. It outlines four pillars that will underpin the energy transition: an increase in energy efficiency and productivity; a move to a clean electricity supply; electrifying our economy and switching to clean fuels; and reducing non-energy emissions and increasing carbon storage.

Both the framework and the adaptation plan include a commitment to strengthen the Victorian Government’s partnership with local government to share knowledge and experience, and ensure local government has the capacity to respond effectively to climate change. The adaptation plan includes a commitment to develop a Partnership Agreement that each council will be able to sign on to.

Sustainable Buildings: Unlocking Local Leadership

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) are jointly convening a free forum for Victorian councillors on ecologically sustainable design (ESD).

'Sustainable buildings: unlocking local leadership' will provide councillors with an opportunity to hear from experts and practitioners about:

  • What is ecologically sustainable design and why does it matter?
  • Councils’ roles and opportunities in ESD
  • How the land use planning system can and already is influencing ESD outcomes
  • Victorian council case studies of ESD in practice

The forum will be held at the MAV, level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne on 23 March at 10am-1pm. Registration is essential.

Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act review

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act review consultation paper. The paper outlines a number of 'potential improvements' to the Act. This review is closely linked to the State's development of a new biodiversity plan and its review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations.

The MAV is hosting a DELWP briefing and consultation on the Act review for local government on 27 February at 1.30pm–3.30pm. Council officers interested in attending can register online.

We have also circulated a draft submission for council feedback. Council input at the briefing session on 27 February will also inform our final submission. For further information, contact Claire Dunn or Emlyn Breese.

Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations review

The MAV will shortly be finalising its submission for the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations review. The MAV recently hosted a briefing by DELWP which was attended by more than 40 representatives from councils.

For further information on the native vegetation clearing regulations, contact Michelle Croughan or Emlyn Breese.

Water policy submissions

There has been a busy start to 2017 in the water policy space, with the MAV policy team completing the following submissions:

Many thanks to those councils that provided input.

For further information, contact Nicky Kindler and Rosemary Hancock.

EPA Inquiry government response

The Victorian Government has released its response to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The government supports in full 40 of the 48 recommendations, with seven supported in principle, and one supported in part. The government has committed $45.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18 to kick-start a five-year reform program.

In response to the recommendation that the government establish a state-wide network of local government environmental protection officers to address localised pollution and waste complaints, the government has committed $4.8 million to deliver a pilot local government environment protection officer program in 2017-18. The response indicates that the government will work out the design and implementation of the program in consultation with councils.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn or Rosemary Hancock.

A few events of note

Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast

Trust for Nature and Bush Heritage Australia's sixth annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast will take place on Thursday 2 March at ZINC Federation Square. Dr Anne Poelina, a Nyikina Traditional Owner from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River is the special guest speaker.

UNAA 2017 Climate Collaboration Forum

The UN Association of Australia is holding its inaugural Climate Collaboration Forum in Melbourne on 7 June. This full-day event is a key feature of the UNAA’s work to develop a national, inclusive climate management framework and to promote the achievement of UN SDG 13 Climate Action.

Zero Carbon Communities

Imogen Jubb, National Manager for the Zero Carbon Communities project, is the guest speaker at Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) March discussion group. Zero Carbon Communities is helping to implement BZE research in local communities looking to work towards zero emissions. With support from the Lord Mayors Charitable Fund BZE are supporting three Victorian communities, Baw Baw, Benalla and Nillumbik to develop 100% renewable energy transition strategies.

Upcoming MAV events...


Councillor Development Program

21 February-7 March

Emergency Management Consultation Sessions

28-29 March

Smart Urban Futures


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