Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has encouraged the South West community to have their say on Victoria’s new water and biodiversity plans, with a series of consultation workshops being held across Victoria.
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville released the Water for Victoria discussion paper in March this year and invited communities across the state to help shape Victoria’s plan for the future and meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.
Consultations will take place across the State including in Warrnambool on Thursday 14th April, 2016 at Deakin Warrnambool Campus from 2pm till 4pm (Stakeholder session) and 6pm till 8pm (Community session).
Water for Victoria reflects the need to balance agricultural, industrial, recreational and
environmental needs, to get the most out of one of our most precious resources.
The discussion paper also recognises that the sector needs to work closely with local communities when making critical decisions about their water supplies.
Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036 is the Andrews Labor Government’s long term strategy for stopping the decline of Victoria’s biodiversity and
improving our natural environment so it is healthy, valued and cared for.
The development of the plan, coupled with a review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) later in the year, will ensure that Victoria has a modern and effective approach to protecting Victoria’s biodiversity.
To view the plans and get involved in the conversation visit http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP:
“We want to hear community feedback on our plans for water and biodiversity to make sure we have the best possible plans to address critical challenges such as climate change, population growth, and increased demand for water and water security.
“We are working with local communities, to listen and tap into their valuable local knowledge. I invite everyone to come along and have their say.”