The Warrnambool community will benefit from funding through the Brumby Government’s $1.3 million dollar Victorian Local Sustainability Accord program,” Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said.
“This funding will enable 11 councils, including the City of Warrnambool, to work in partnership with a further 31 councils to undertake local and regional projects addressing a range of environmental issues affecting local communities,” Ms Tierney said.
The $103,000 project involves the development of a sustainable planning framework for regional Victoria.
This is a project aimed at assisting rural councils to identify the best use for land, based on factors including agricultural productivity, biodiversity and amenity.
“The Local Sustainability Accord is a landmark agreement between the Brumby Government and local government representatives to work together towards a more sustainable future for all Victorians.”
“The Brumby Government is taking action to protect Victoria’s environment with funding of up to $5 million over three years committed for projects undertaken as part of the Accord program through Our Environment, Our Future Sustainability Action Statement 2006.
“A key objective of the Accord is to encourage local governments to work together, build partnerships with the community and share their experiences in addressing local sustainability issues.
“ The aim of Accord funding is to enable councils to undertake projects that will not only improve sustainability in their local area but will also serve as useful models for other councils dealing with similar issues in their own communities,” Ms Tierney said.
62 councils have joined the Accord and 23 have received funding to lead projects in partnership with an additional 19 local governments.
Two rounds of funding are already completed, and projects are well underway, delivering important environmental outcomes across the state.
For a copy of the Accord document visit www.dse.vic.gov.au