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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.

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Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria

The Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning Committee has tabled its final report for its inquiry into unconventional gas in Victoria.

The committee considered matters relating to the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation of onshore unconventional gas.

The MAV's submission to the inquiry (Word - 308KB) drew 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.

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.

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.

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Contact us

For more information about our environmental policy work, contact:

Claire Dunn
Manager – Environment and Regulatory Services
03 9667 5533