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Environment

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.

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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.

Environmental Upgrade Agreement Bill: not passed

The Local Government Legislation (Environmental Upgrade Agreements) Bill 2014 was introduced into the Victorian Parliament to enable councils across Victoria to offer Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs).

An EUA is an agreement between a council, the owner of a non-residential building and a lending body. Under an EUA, the lending body advances funds to the building owner to finance approved environmental upgrades, and the council levies an environmental upgrade charge, via rates, to recover the funds and repay the lending body. The Bill would have extended the legislative scheme currently applying to the City of Melbourne.

The Bill had not passed through parliament prior to the November election.

Electric line clearance regulatory impact statement released

Energy Safe Victoria has released a regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 (PDF - 1.36MB). The RIS outlines three options for the next iteration of the regulations, and proposes to proceed with option two, which includes, amongst other changes: an amended method of specifying minimum clearance distances, an expanded definition of ‘insulated cable’, and mandatory adoption of the Australian Standard for the pruning of amenity trees.

The MAV’s preliminary view is that the proposed regulations are a step in the right direction in terms of achieving a better balance of safety and amenity considerations when managing trees around power lines. We are currently working our way through the RIS and will provide councils with more detail via email.

The deadline to provide feedback to the RIS is 13 January 2015. The MAV will be preparing a submission in consultation with councils.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

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