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 DELWP 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.
Following advocacy from the MAV and councils, the Minister for Local Government announced $5.2 million in funding for Victorian rural and regional councils’ roadside weeds and pest management activities. The funding is over two years, essentially allowing the previous funding program to roll over. The MAV will continue to advocate for longer-term funding for councils.
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.
Myer Foundation Grants for Urban Environment
The Myer Foundation announced a grants program to support capacity building for eligible community organisations, including local councils, working on improvements to the urban environment and urban biodiversity.
The current round of funding is open only to applicants located in metropolitan Melbourne or the regional municipalities of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton.
Councils in these areas may apply for grants to enable them to work with small groups and networks to strengthen their organisational capacity.
Grants of between $30,000 and $100,000 are available.
Expressions of interest must be lodged by 8 January 2016.