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Victorian councils undertake a range of activities in order to protect and enhance their local environment, to reduce energy use and emissions, and to adapt to a changing climate. Councils have important responsibilities related to the management of waste, water, native vegetation, and roadside weeds and pests.

We support council environmental activities through policy analysis, advice and advocacy, project support and management, and by building collaborative relationships with other levels of government and key stakeholders.

We also host capacity-building and networking events and topic-based workshops.

We support two local government associations that are helping grow and share environmentally sound knowledge and practice: the Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) and the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE).

The MAV recognises that:

  1. we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils
  2. human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans, civilisation and other species
  3. it is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the necessary scale and speed
  4. the MAV has a particular role in assisting local governments in this regard.

(May 2017 MAV State Council resolution)

Event presentations

You can find presentations on environmental management in our past event presentations section.

MAV Environment Bulletin

Subscribe to our monthly Environment Bulletin to keep informed about local government environment-related news and events.

Environmental Sustainability Yammer Group

The MAV Environmental Sustainability Group on Yammer is a forum for council officers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.

Contact us

For more information about our environmental policy work, contact:

Claire Dunn
Manager – Environment and Regulatory Services
03 9667 5533

Rosemary Hancock
Manager – Water
03 9667 5520