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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

Litter Innovation Fund - Round 1 grants now open

Sustainability Victoria is now accepting expressions of interest for the first round of grant funding from the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund.

The Fund provides support for the Victorian community, including government, business, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and schools, to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.

Organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000 for solutions that are delivered through a partnership approach.

The Fund is a $700,000 package, and grants will be offered over two rounds. The deadline for expression of interest applications for the first round is 3pm on 4 March 2016.

Draft Waste Education Strategy released

The Draft Victorian community and business waste education strategy (PDF - 964KB) has been released for public consultation.

The Strategy, which is a key element in the delivery of the 30 year Statewide waste and resource recovery infrastructure plan, identifies six strategic directions for waste education over the next ten years. It also identifies priority areas, actions and outcomes for the first five years from 2015 to 2020.

The draft strategy is open for public consultation until 4 March 2016. Consultation on the strategy will occur via the Sustainability Victoria feedback portal and at face to face workshops to be held across Victoria from mid-January to February 2016. Further detail about the dates and locations of these workshops will soon be made available on the portal.

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 – Environmental and Regulatory Services
03 9667 5533