In response to State reviews and reforms in the native vegetation and biodiversity space, we prepared the following submissions in consultation with councils:
In collaboration with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning we host meetings of the Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA) Local Government Liaison Group. The group facilitates information sharing, provides an opportunity for feedback on implementation issues, and assists in the efficient and effective implementation of the MSA program.
We are a member of The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Reference Group which is an advisory group established to provide the Commissioner with an external perspective on a range of matters.
We also host The Association of Bayside Municipalities, which advocates for the environmental protection and enhancement of Port Phillip Bay on behalf of local government in the bayside region.
In order to share knowledge and build capacity we include presentations on natural resource management, biodiversity and “greening” spaces in our various events and forums.
At the 2016 MAV Environment Conference, we heard about Victoria Zoos’ works on threatened species (PowerPoint - 40.1MB), the use of drones in ecology and conservation (PowerPoint - 2.99MB), and the various agencies working together to Green the West (PowerPoint - 6.08MB).
Roadside weeds and pests
Following advocacy over a number of months, we welcome the Victorian Government’s commitment in the 2017-18 State Budget to provide $5.4 million over two years for roadside weeds and pest management.
In 2011, a Ministerial working party recommended solutions to the vexed issue of roadside weed and pest management. The government subsequently amended the Catchment and Land Protection Act to require councils to use municipal Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plans to outline both council and community-led priorities. We will continue to advocate for longer-term funding for councils.