19 April 2016
Residents, businesses and government representatives in Melbourne's outer-east locations, are urged to have their say on the future of the Environment Protection Authority, when the Inquiry team hosts an open public meeting on Wednesday 23 September.
A major independent inquiry has been commissioned by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water to look at the future role of the EPA, Victoria's environmental regulator.
An open community meeting for Melbourne's outer-east residents will be held at Ringwood, which is among 17 locations around the State hosting meetings to better understand local ideas and issues to inform long term planning for the EPA.
Topics for exploration include land use planning, public health, emergency management, climate change, better regulatory approaches, and ways the EPA can effectively consult with the community.
Ministerial Advisory Committee members Jane Brockington and Janice van Reyk will be hosting a public meeting to engage with those in the local area.
OPEN PUBLIC FORUM FOR OUTER-EAST
Wednesday 23 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Bedford Road, Ringwood
Register at: www.epa-inquiry.vic.gov.au or Tel: (03) 9948 2882
Deputy Chair of the Inquiry, Jane Brockington said, "After extensive consultations in Melbourne and with
the State Government, we are now seeking feedback directly from communities and
"We want to better understand
individual, community and business needs, so the EPA can be well equipped to
meet Victoria's future challenges," she said.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit the interactive website www.epa-inquiry.vic.gov.au to register to attend the consultations, participate in discussion forums, read the discussion paper and find out how to make online and written submissions.
The Inquiry will report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water by 31 March 2016.