Native vegetation, pest plants, animals and coastal management
Local government is an important and active participant in the management, protection and enhancement of Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment, including via its roles in:
- strategic and statutory land use planning
- road (and roadside) management
- parks and open space management
- partnering and supporting local community conservation groups.
Council activities that contribute to the health of Victoria’s biodiversity are many and diverse and include:
- weed and pest management
- revegetation and renewal of sites
- development and implementation of biodiversity strategies
- strengthening of local planning schemes
- vegetation condition monitoring
- provision of private landowner incentive schemes
- community education and assistance.
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, in April 2015 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.