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 […]

Bushfire condolence book moved to State Library

By Rob O’Brien Books of condolence commemorating last summer’s Victorian bushfires will be permanently kept at the State Library of Victoria, the Premier has announced three days before the anniversary of Australia’s worst natural disaster. Premier, John Brumby and Minister for the Arts Peter Batchelor handed over the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Message Book Collection to […]

Emergency Alert to deliver 300 texts a second

By Rob O’Brien The Attorney-General has launched a new emergency alert system in Victoria capable of sending 300 text messages a second and 1,000 voice messages a minute.   Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and the Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister, Bob Cameron launched the national telephone-based emergency warning system, ‘Emergency Alert’ at the Victorian State […]

Brumby offers grants to combat emissions

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government is moving ahead with plans to help communities reduce carbon emissions through a scheme that includes grants for councils, businesses and schools.   Unveiling the new $23 million Climate Communities program, the Premier, John Brumby, said the government would work in partnership with Victorians to help drive down […]

Proust to probe public sector integrity

By Angela Dorizas Victorian Premier John Brumby has appointed a special commissioner to assess the state’s anti-corruption system. Elizabeth Proust has been selected to work alongside Public Sector Standards Commissioner, Peter Allen, in reviewing the integrity of public administration in Victoria. Mr Brumby said it was important to review the performance and effectiveness of the […]

Brumby appoints bushfire monitor

By Staff Writer The Victorian Premier John Brumby has appointed a former police commissioner to ensure agencies and departments implement recommendations by the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission’s interim report. Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Neil Comrie, will be responsible for auditing progress of agencies and departments’ implementation of Commission interim recommendations, and would also […]

Vic community education gets funding boost

 By Staff Writer The Brumby Labor Government is injecting a further $900,000 into adult and community education to help bolster learning and support communities in regional, rural and suburban Victoria. Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Jacinta Allan said 21 learning centres would share in the round of funding designed to give Victorians access to education […]

Extra funds for Victoria’s fire-affected communities

By Angela Dorizas Victorian communities affected by the February bushfires will receive an additional $193 million for rebuilding and recovery efforts. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Victorian Premier John Brumby announced the two-year funding package for fire affected communities on a visit to Flowerdale today. The Australian and Victorian Governments will provide a combined $117 […]

Victorians to get daily fire rating updates

By Rob O’Brien Victorians will be given clear advice about what actions to take in advance of a fire threat, under a new national fire danger rating system, the Premier, John Brumby, announced today.   Under the new six-tiered national Fire Danger Rating system, Victorians will receive advance warning and clear directions to best preserve […]

Green groups to benefit through company fines

By Staff Writer Funding for community environmental groups could be made available through fines handed down to companies guilty of polluting. The Victorian Government is seeking new and creative solutions to environmental issues that will be paid for by fines levied on companies or individuals found guilty in court of environmental pollution.   Environment and […]

Vic councils get $500,000 for bushfire planning

By Rob O’Brien The Victorian State Government has stepped up its response to the recommendations of the Bushfire Royal Commission with an investment in refuges and protection plans. Premier John Brumby announced a $500,000 grant to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to help councils prepare Township Protection Plans (TPPs) and to identify Neighbourhood Safe Places […]


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