Environment & water
Victorian councils undertake a range of activities in order to protect and enhance their local environment, to reduce energy use and emissions, and to adapt to a changing climate. Councils have important responsibilities related to the 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 recognise that:
- we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils
- human induced climate change stands in the first rank of threats to humans, civilisation and other species
- it is still possible to restore a safe climate and prevent most of the anticipated long-term climate impacts – but only if societies across the world adopt an emergency mode of action that can enable the restructuring of the physical economy at the necessary scale and speed
- we have a particular role in assisting local governments in this regard.
Our immediate priorities include:
- supporting recycling in Victoria
- the reforms arising out of the EPA inquiry, including the officers for the protection of the local environment (OPLE) pilot project, contaminated land and on-site domestic wastewater management
- the State’s management of the landfill levy
and Sustainability Fund rural drainage reforms the upcoming introduction of an e-waste landfill ban and proposed plastic bag ban stormwater management reform State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) review marine and coastal reforms climate change adaptation.
- Melbourne urban stormwater institutional arrangements review
- Integrated water management capacity building
- On-site domestic wastewater management – Victorian Land Capability Assessment Framework
- Port Phillip Bay coastal planning project.
We support two local government associations that are helping grow and share environmentally sound knowledge and practice:
- the Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) and
- the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE).
Submissions and briefs
We develop and form a collective local government sector view on a range of environment and water topics. These include:
- Improving Stormwater Management Advisory Committee - Jun 2018 (Word - 334KB)
- Product Stewardship Act review - Jun 2018 (Word - 296KB)
- The Draft State Environment Protection Policy: Waters - Jun 2018 (Word - 357K)
- Managing e-waste in Victoria - Jan 2018 (Word - 319KB)
- Reducing the Impacts of Plastics on the Victorian Environment - Jan 2018 (Word - 135KB)
- Turning Waste into Energy - Discussion Paper - Dec 2017 (Word - 312KB)
- Draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy - Dec 2017 (Word - 135KB)
To access all our environment and water-related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.
Background Paper: Landfill levies and the Sustainability Fund - May 2017 (Word - 122KB) Members Brief: EPA Inquiry - May 2016 (Word - 240KB). Committees and reference groups
- Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Reference Group
- Stakeholder Reference Group for the Local Government - Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment (LG OPLE) Pilot program
- State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) review stakeholder committee
- Victorian Rural Drainage Interdepartmental Reference Group
- Melbourne Water Healthy Waterways Strategy Advisory Group
- Resilient Melbourne Integrated Water Management Support Working and Alignment Group
- Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Victorian Regional Advisory Panel.
We also convene a number of committees and working groups to help inform our work and build capacity within the sector, including:
- MAV Environment Committee
Melbourne Urban Stormwater Institutional Arrangements Local Government Working Group MAV Drainage Arrangements Working Group.
- Find out about future MAV environment events on our upcoming events page.
- You can access environment-related presentations from past events on our past event presentations page.
- Internal committee and working group presentations and documents can be accessed on the MAV’s members only website.
Engage with us
The MAV Environmental Sustainability Group on Yammer is a forum for council officers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.
For more information about our environmental policy work, contact:
Manager – Environment and Regulatory Services
(03) 9667 5533
Manager – Water and Public Health
(03) 9667 5520