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Hi reader,  it's certainly a busy time of the year with some critical reforms out for consultation including Smart Planning, intensive animal industries and rural drainage.  Read on for more info.    

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Draft Rural Drainage Strategy Consultation

The Victorian Government has released the Draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy(draft Strategy) for an eight-week consultation period from 25 October 2017 through to 20 December 2017. In October 2016, the Victorian Government released its strategic plan for water management in Victoria – Water for Victoria. The plan commits to developing a Victorian rural drainage strategy through an open and consultative …

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Early Christmas for Carroll - new Victorian Cabinet

The Victorian Government has added a new portfolio and Minister with their reshuffle. Ben Carroll has entered Cabinet and will take on the portfolios of Industry and Employment. Treasurer Tim Pallas will take on the Resources portfolio. Philip Dalidakis will become the new Minister for Trade and Investment and the new portfolio of Innovation and the Digital Economy. Jenny Mikakos will …

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Release of the 5 Year Victorian Infrastructure Plan

The Victorian Government has released the first five-year Victorian Infrastructure Plan, laying out the government’s infrastructure priorities over the coming years. The Government has also responded to each of Infrastructure Victoria’s 137 recommendations. The Government has accepted the majority of its recommendations with 134 of them either supported in full or, in-principle, or partly supported. Read the strategy - https://www.vic.gov.au/system/user_files/Documents/vip/Victorian%20Infrastructure%20Plan.pdf Relevant …

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Smart Planning Discussion Paper

Smart Planning has released a discussion paper canvassing substantial reforms to Victoria’s planning system through proposed changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP). The Discussion Paper The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the discussion paper’s proposed reforms, which aim to simplify and improve the operation of the VPP, and lay foundations for further future transformative initiatives. The reforms are …

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Intensive Animal Industries Consultation - closes 14 November 2017

Planning for sustainable animal industries The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on their proposed reforms to planning controls for animal industries The proposed reforms can be viewed and submissions made at https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/planning-reform/sustainable-animal-industries  A frequently asked questions document has been prepared -http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/planning-for-sustainable-animal-industries/faqs-pig-and-poultry-farms The public consultation period will close on 14 November 2017. The PUGRC will be making a submission

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Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

The Victorian Opposition has reshuffled its front bench, adding some new faces to the Shadow Cabinet Line-up. The team have added new responsibilities including Autism, Small and Medium enterprises, Melbourne's West and Geelong. The line-up appears to be lacking a Shadow Minister for Regional Development. Matthew Guy MP Leader of the Opposition Leader of the Liberal Party Shadow Minister for …

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New Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria

The Victorian Government has released new Urban Design Guidelines. The guidelines provide advice on: • the design of public spaces • building design in relation to a building’s interface with public spaces, and • the layout of cities, towns and neighbourhoods. The Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria are a reference document in all planning schemes through the State Planning Policy …

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Metropolitan partnerships

Six Metropolitan Partnerships across Melbourne have been created to inform the Government's priorities in the upcoming budget. Working closely with their communities, the Partnerships will identify opportunities for social, economic and environmental outcomes and advise the government on actions for the liveability and prosperity of their metropolitan region. The membership of each Partnership includes eight community and business representatives with …

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