June 26, 2017

Legislative Council Select Committee on Fire Services Bill.

Parliament’s Upper House has voted to launch a Committee Inquiry into the State Government’s handling of the CFA. This committee will report in mid-August. We strongly encourage the community take the opportunity to put in submissions on this important issue so that the State Government will have to take note of recommendations. For further information and where to make your submission, go to:



Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils.

As a member of the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee, we are calling for submissions into the sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria’s rural and regional councils, including but not limited to the following —

  • local government funding and budgetary pressures;
  • fairness, equity and adequacy of rating systems;
  • impact of rate-capping policies;
  • capacity for rural and regional councils to meet responsibilities for flood planning and preparation, and maintenance of flood mitigation infrastructure;
  • maintenance of local road and bridge networks; and
  • weed and pest animal control;

The reporting date has been extended to 21 September 2017. Find out more information here:




Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water.

The management, governance and use of environmental water is being examined by the Victorian Parliament’s Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee.

The Committee is inviting community input to the inquiry, with public submissions due by 25 August 2017.

Water is a precious resource and this inquiry will be assessing how well water is being managed in Victoria. It is important to ensure that environmental water is being used in an efficient way, existing procedures in the different areas of Victoria will be investigated.

Under the terms of reference for the inquiry, the Committee will assess:

  • the role of environmental water management in preventing or causing ‘blackwater’ events;
  • the use of water management tools such as carryover and their impact on the availability of water for irrigators;
  • any barriers to more efficient use of environmental water and how those should be addressed; and
  • the fees and charges applied and whether they differ from those imposed on other water users.

We are keen to hear from people with expertise and experience in these matters, from across Victoria. More information here: