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Natural resources & coasts

Native vegetation, pest plants, animals and coastal management

Local government has a diverse range of responsibilities regarding native vegetation, management of roadside weeds and pests, and coastal management.

Following the Black Saturday Bushfires and the subsequent Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, a number of changes have been made to the native vegetation management framework. With both DEPI and DTPLI active in the space, the MAV works to support councils through the provision of advice, advocacy and policy analysis.

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. The State funding program to enable councils to meet these responsibilities expires on 30 June 2015. In the lead up to the 2014 State Election, the MAV is calling on all parties to commit to providing long term funding to councils to cover the ongoing costs of roadside weed and pest management responsibilities.

In relation to coastal management, the MAV works towards coordinating approaches for local government and others to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise.

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.