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New Planning and Subdivision Fees

New planning and subdivision fees will apply to new applications made on or after 13 October 2016. The fee schedule inlcudes indexation and deliver an estimated $40 million in additional fees per annum to councils (according to the Regulatory Impact Statement). This is a significant step forward for the financial sustainability of Councils and is welcomed by the Peri Urban …

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Improving the Welfare of Animals in VIC 2016-2021- Consultation

The State Government has launched a Draft Action Plan – Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria for public consultation. The Draft Action Plan will identify future direction of animal welfare over the next five years. The objective is to focus on shared responsibility for animal welfare using a collaborative approach between all levels of government, animal industries, organisations and …

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Establishment of Office of Projects Victoria

The State Government has established the Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) to oversee how major infrastructure projects are developed, contracted for and implemented. The OPV will build capability and skills in project development and delivery and complement the work of Infrastructure Victoria and the Department of Treasury and Finance. OPV will provide advice on cost, scope and technical matters for …

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Living Library Infrastructure Funding

Councils are invited to apply for part of $4.5 million of State Government funding under the Living Library Infrastructure Program. Grants of up to $750,000 are available to fund new, renovated or refurbished library buildings, or to go towards a mobile library. Applications close on 16 December.

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Infrastructure VIC to release 30 Year Strategy

Infrastructure Victoria will release its draft 30-year infrastructure strategy on 4 October. They have requested an opportunity to brief the Peri Urban Councils on 14 October 2016. According to Infrastructure VIC, the draft will outline a range of projects, policies and reforms to respond to infrastructure challenges and opportunities over the short, medium and long term. The PUGRC was pleased …

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Community Renewable Energy Consultation

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper on community renewable energy projects for public feedback. Public consultation on the discussion paper and a survey are open for community and stakeholder feedback until 5pm Monday 28 November 2016. Find out more at http://haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au/community-energy

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Submission for Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Challenges of Rural and Regional Councils

The Peri Urban region is the fastest growing rural area in Victoria. The region will grow by an average of 49% through to 2036 with some of the Peri Urban cities forecast to more than double and in some cases triple in population. In contrast the regional cities of Ballarat Bendigo and Geelong have a slower rate of growth at …

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Management of Invasive Pests. Submission from PUGRC

The VIC Peri Urban region is 16,887 km2 and contains significant tracts of Crown land including National and State Parks. In Moorabool and Murrindindi Shires, the Crown lands and parks cover almost 50% of each municipality and in Surf Coast these uses account for 36% of the Shire.  The region also contains 10% of Victoria’s productive agricultural lands and grows …

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Infrastructure VIC's Funding and Finance Research

Infrastructure VIC have released a research paper on funding and finance models. The paper will inform their views on funding and finance models. The paper is primarily directed towards State Government, however it references the Local Government Funding Vehicle and borrowing by Local Government. Dissapointingly it does not differentiate between the ability of large metro Councils to access these funding streams …

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