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Protection of the environment is a shared responsibility of all levels of government and industry, business and the community.

Victorian councils undertake a range of activities in order to protect and enhance their local environment, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, and 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 three local government associations with specific environmental interests: the Association of Bayside Municipalities, Timber Towns Victoria and the National Timber Councils Association.

Environment news

Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria

The Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning Committee is undertaking an inquiry into unconventional gas in Victoria.

The committee is considering matters relating to the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation of onshore unconventional gas and must present an interim report by 1 September, and a final report by 1 December.

The MAV's submission to the inquiry (Word - 308KB) draws extensively on reports prepared by the Surf Coast Shire Council, Colac Otway Shire Council, City of Greater Geelong and Bass Coast Shire Council and we’d like to acknowledge and thank those councils for sharing their work.

The MAV's position is that unconventional gas exploration should not occur unless:

  • social and environmental impacts are definitively demonstrated not to be detrimental
  • an appropriate level of community support is evident
  • there is an appropriate regulatory framework in place to ensure protection of the natural environment, local communities, rural industries and private property rights.

Local Government Sustainability website

Visit our Local government sustainability website to share your work or see what other Victorian councils are doing about sustainability in the built and natural environments.

Sustainability website

The Victorian Local Government Sustainability website is a library of sustainability information for councils. It houses resources including natural and built environments, council operations and projects under the Victorian Adapation and Sustainability Partnership. Registered users gain access to not only public resources, but confidential and draft documents.

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.

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Contact us

For more information about our environmental policy work, contact:

Claire Dunn
Manager – Environmental and Regulatory Services
03 9667 5533

Martijn Gough
Senior Policy Adviser, Emergency Management and Environment
03 9667 5540