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From the Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Ryan Smith

The Hon Ryan Smith MLA

The Victorian Coalition Government has today announced a new plan to help the recovery of Victoria’s state faunal emblem, the threatened Leadbeater’s Possum.

Kinder kids will now be given a green thumb as part of an $8.3 million expansion of the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic program that teaches children how to be more environmentally friendly.

As part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $20 million Communities for Nature program, schools, Landcare and Friends of Park groups are now invited to apply for grants for environmental projects across the state.

The Victorian Coalition Government is giving charities a $1.2 million helping hand, ahead of the Labour Day long weekend when illegal dumping spikes with household clean ups.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today called for leaders in sustainability to apply for the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2014.

The Victorian Coalition Government welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to allow a strategic cattle grazing trial to be carried out in the Wonnangatta Valley.

Waste and resource recovery sites in regional and rural Victoria will receive a $6.8 million boost thanks to Victorian Coalition Government investment. 

Recycling will now be easier in regional and rural Victoria as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $815,000 initiative that will see recycling bins introduced at 22 new sites across Victoria.

Areas in regional Victoria recently affected by bushfires will be temporarily exempt from paying landfill levies.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today announced the appointment of Mr Kenneth Harrison as the new Chairman of the Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria.

A response to recommendations made by the state's independent environmental assessment body, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC), finds a balanced approach to recreational prospecting in national parks.
Monday, 03 February 2014

A litter hotspot initiative announced today will work with local councils and groups to target litter hotspot areas.

Saturday, 01 February 2014
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today officially introduced Man Jai, the latest addition to Melbourne Zoo’s Asian elephant herd.

Victorian businesses are set to benefit from $1.7 million in Victorian Coalition Government investment that will help businesses reduce costs and their environmental footprint by conserving energy and reducing waste.

The Victorian Coalition Government will provide $250,000 in funding to rebuild tourist assets damaged by the bushfires in the Grampians National Park.
The Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group has presented the Victorian Coalition Government with a unified set of recommendations that will help protect Victoria’s endangered faunal emblem. 
Two accomplished leaders in Victorian forest firefighting have been recognised for their contributions to the improvement of bushfire management at this year’s Australia Day Honours.
The Victorian Coalition Government will temporarily waive landfill levies for waste caused by last week’s fires that struck parts of western Victoria.
Sydenham Park in the Maribyrnong valley is the focus of a multi-million dollar project to help restore the landscape back to its former glory.
Visitors are reminded that the Grampians National Park is open for business, with plenty to see and do in the area this Australia Day long weekend.