The Victorian Government has released a plan it says will provide long-term protection for the state’s environment.
‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037’ builds on work already under way to review native vegetation clearing regulations and a refresh of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, ensuring Victoria has an effective approach to protecting its biodiversity.
‘‘This is a blueprint for how we can work together to stop the decline of Victoria’s unique biodiversity,’’ Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said.
She said the state’s eco-systems not only sustained life by providing clean air and water, productive soils, natural pest control, pollination, flood mitigation and carbon sequestration, they also supported activities that underpinned Victoria’s liveability and economic strength.
The plan provides another opportunity for Victoria to show national leadership in biodiversity protection in the face of our changing climate, she said.
‘‘We’re supporting a broad range of rehabilitation efforts by community and volunteer groups that will improve the resilience of our native plants and wildlife,’’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.
Applications are also open for $1million in Community and Volunteer Action Grants for community groups and environmental organisations under the new Biodiversity On-ground Action initiative.
■For more information on the plan, visit: www.environment.vic.gov.au or to apply for a grant, visit: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/grants
To view the Victorian Government’s new environmental health statement visit: www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity