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Thank you to our outgoing Councillors.

We would like to thank the outgoing Councillors who have contributed to the PUGRC and region over the last four years. Our sincere thanks for their commitment and contributions to Cr Jenny Blake (Golden Plains), Cr Christine Challen (Murrindindi), Cr Murray Cook (Baw Baw), Cr Neil Rankine (Bass Coast), Cr John Spain (Moorabool) and Cr John Walsh (Murrindindi).

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Submission to Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30 Year Strategy

The PUGRC has been pleased to participate in the development of a 30 year strategy for infrastructure in Victoria. The draft 30 Year Strategy has addressed a number of our priorities. However three critical priorities remain: Support and protection of agriculture Employment generating industries and infrastructure in the region Standard Developer Contributions for the region. Read our full submission. 

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Response to Value Capture Research Paper

The following outlines the concerns of the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils regarding the use of this style of funding for infrastructure projects in rural and regional areas. We have also previously provided similar comments to the Federal Parliament through the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities. Read the pugrc-value-capture-funding-response-to-infrastructure-vic Peri Urban Group of Rural Council’s Position on Value …

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New Planning and Subdivision Fees

New planning and subdivision fees commenced on 13 October 2016. For further details please visit the Review of planning and subdivision fees web page

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Govt Response to Intensive Animal Industries Advisory Committee Report

The Victorian Government has released its response to the Intensive Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC). The AIAC was tasked with providing advice on the role and function of the planning system in supporting the establishment and expansion of animal industries. The recommendations include amending the Victoria Planning Provisions to clarify land use definitions for extensive and intensive animal husbandry; provide …

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Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

The Australian Government is establishing a competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program worth $50 million. The Program will support local governments to fast-track innovative technology solutions that improve long-standing urban problems. The Program seeks to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of urban service delivery, infrastructure and planning to improve the liveability of cities and their suburbs. The Government expects a …

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Bushfire Prone Area Map review

The Minister for Planning, the hon Richard Wynne, has approved Review 8 of the Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) Map. Notice was gazetted on Tuesday 18 October 2016 and the BPA Map online has been been updated to reflect the changes. More information is on the department's Building in Bushfire Prone Areas web page.

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Dairy Assistance Package

Councils can encourage local dairy farmers to apply for new State Government grants under the Dairy Assistance Package. The grants aim to help producers affected by the milk price downturn. The development grants will remain open until 30 June 2017, or until the program funds are fully allocated.

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Survey to understand Victoria's nature play activities

A consortium of Victorian organisations including Parks Victoria and Manningham City Council have developed a survey to better understand the extent and kinds of nature play activities that are currently available to Victorian children. The survey will take 10 minutes and responses are anonymous.

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15 hours of Kindergarten

Funding under the National Partnership Agreement for 15 hours of kindergarten is due to expire in December 2017. The Commonwealth currently funds five hours, with the State funding 10 hours operational costs. All Victorian partners remain committed to the provision and funding of high quality, affordable, and accessible preschool for all Victorian four-year-old children.

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Water for Victoria Information Sessions

The Victorian Government has launched a Water for Victoria plan that sets out the current and future strategic directions for water management. Information sessions will be held on: • 11 November - Melbourne • 16 November - Bendigo • 29 November - Traralgon • 8 December - Warrnambool

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Consultation on Community Renewable Energy

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper on community renewable energy projects for public feedback. Submissions close 28 November 2016. Find out more

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New Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP)

Infrastructure Contributions Plans can now be employed by all growth area councils. Minister Wynne has gazetted the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contributions Plans and published the Infrastructure Contributions Plan Guidelines, establishing the new development levy system for Melbourne’s growth areas. Infrastructure Contributions Plans for regional areas and the established parts of Melbourne will be announced at …

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Streamlining for Growth program – new online application

The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, recently wrote to all councils about the VPA’s new $4.1 million Streamlining for Growth program that supports their work to streamline subdivision processes and unlock strategic sites for housing and jobs in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The VPA has updated their website with some more information and an online application form for interested councils. …

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New weapon in war on Rabbits

A new virus known as RHDV1 K5 will be trialled next year at more than 600 sites across Australia in an effort to significantly reduce wild rabbit populations and their negative impact on agricultural production and native ecosystems. Community organisations, Landcare groups and government land managers will be participating in the national rollout of the virus as part of the …

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$10 million in new funds for Pest Animals & Weeds Control

Innovative technology projects such as pest animal facial recognition systems, drones, lethal traps, viruses and poisons may be eligible for funding under a new grant scheme to better control pest animals and weeds in Australia. To apply, or to find out more about established pest animal and weed funding, visit agriculture.gov.au/ control-pest-animals-weeds-grants Applications close 5 pm, AEST 23 January 2017. …

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Regional Partnerships - consultation

Nine Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government across the State to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government. The Partnerships are envisioned to increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region. Regional Assemblies Each …

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Australian Urban Agriculture Forum - 20 & 21 Nov

The National Urban Agriculture Forum to be held at Burnley Campus, Melbourne University, November 20 and 21, 2016. The Australian Food Network is coordinating this event in collaboration with Burnley Campus staff, the City of Yarra, Cultivating Community, 3000 acres, the Moreland Food Gardens Network and the Port Phillip EcoCentre. Join leading practitioners and policy-makers from across the urban and …

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New VIC Emergency App

In November, the FireReady App will be updated and replaced by the new VicEmergency app. This transition will take place automatically when the app is next updated. New users will be able to download VicEmergency from the App Store or Google Play. The new app will align with the VicEmergency website to provide timely information about all emergencies— fires, floods, …

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$33.4 million for Road Black Spots

The Commonwealth Government will invest $33.4 million into Victorian roads through the national Black Spot Programme. The funding package will fix 108 Black Spots across the state. The Coalition Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014–15 to 2018–19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015–16 to improve road safety across the nation. …

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