Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water media release 27 April 2016.
Additional support to keep Victorians safe from bushfires, protect our natural environment and help local communities adapt to climate change will be received under a new environmental package announced by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $248 million to increase our capacity to respond to bushfires, protect Victoria’s threatened native species and help our communities tackle climate change.
This includes $74 million to keep Victorians safe from the threat of bushfires, with:
This is on top of a new, more integrated approach to planned burning across Victoria, with fuel management just one of a range of different management actions taken to protect lives, homes, jobs and the environment.
The Labor Government’s funding to protect Victoria’s natural environment includes:
The Labor Government’s funding to help Victorians adapt to climate change includes $30.1 million to replace and upgrade coastline infrastructure, to help beach renourishment and reduce beach erosion, as well increased monitoring to support local communities manage the impacts of climate change on our coastline.
Victorians will also receive much needed help to combat the impacts of climate change, drought and floods under new measures to boost water security.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville
“Victoria’s natural environment not only makes it a great place to live and work, but it’s a huge drawcard for visitors.
“These measures will help protect these much loved tourism attractions like the Phillip Island penguins for future generations.”
“By keeping Victorians safe from the threat of bushfires and protecting our natural environment, we are helping communities across our state manage and adapt to the impacts of climate change.”