Governments vow to learn bushfire lessons

  Image: Nillumbik Shire Council.   By Rob O'Brien The response to the Royal Commission’s final report into the 2009 Victorian bushfires has been swift, with other states vowing to learn the lessons of the disaster and the establishment of a national research institute into bushfires. The Premier, John Brumby, yesterday released the Victorian Government’s […]

Vic councils awarded sustainability grants

The Victorian State Government has announced the latest winners of grants to help integrate sustainability into the planning process. Projects to further integrate sustainable thinking into planning and help councils tackle climate change were announced as recipients of the $1.3 million in Victorian Local Sustainability Accord grants yesterday. Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings […]

Regional Victoria moves towards zero waste

By Angela Dorizas Communities in regional Victoria will move towards zero waste through a $2.1 million State Government program. Announced by Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings yesterday, the Regional Towards Zero Waste Support Program forms part of the State Government’s broader strategy to minimise waste to landfill. Mr Jennings said the program will […]

Wynne overrules council on 10/30 Right

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government has stepped in to overrule a council on environmental planning, it has emerged. Frankston Council was asked to put its community first in a disagreement over the right to fell trees ahead of the bushfire season. Victorian Local Government Minister Richard Wynne opted to revoke the council’s tree […]

Mildura takes local produce to global markets

By Jane Garcia The Mildura Rural City Council and its Sunraysia Mallee Economic Board (SMEDB) have recently signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Bruneian Government to work together on local Victorian product to be sold under the Brunei Halal Food brand. The Mildura region has already over the past year exported a range of food […]


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