VIC Government Asks Public How To Spend Landfill Levies

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville presented the Premier's Sustainability Awards
The Victorian Government has launched a public consultation on how the Sustainability Fund should be spent in future. 

The move follows comments earlier this week from the Municipal Association of Victoria, who criticised the government for failing to deliver on its promise to use revenue from the landfill levy to transform how Victorians manage waste.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is running the consultation to obtain feedback from the community on the draft Sustainability Fund Priority Statement as part of its review on how money from the Sustainability Fund should be spent.

Established under the Environment Protection Act (1970), the Sustainability Fund was designed to finance programs that promote best practice in waste management which underpins social and economic development, as well as community action or innovation to cut greenhouse gas emissions or respond to climate change.

Announcing the consultation, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville said:  “The Priority Statement is currently being reviewed to ensure the money paid by Victorians through the landfill levies goes to projects that improve environmental sustainability, reduce waste and help the community adapt and respond to climate change.”

DELWP has published the draft Sustainability Fund Priority Statement for review and public comment on its website . Submissions close on 20 December 2015.

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