19 April 2016
of the Independent Inquiry into the EPA, Penny Armytage today kicked off an
extensive public consultation program across the State, releasing a public
Discussion Paper, schedule of public consultations, and an interactive website
calling on all Victorians to have their say on the future of the EPA.
Armytage and Ministerial Advisory Committee members Jane Brockington and Janice
van Reyk will host the series of public consultation meetings in 10 regional
and 7 metropolitan areas across Victoria between now and 31 October 2015.
coming days they will also meet with around 100 representatives across
industry, environment groups and local government in a schedule of roundtable
Discussion Paper will form the basis for the consultations and highlights a
series of issues for exploration as the Inquiry progresses. Key themes include
land use planning, public health, emergency management, climate change and
better regulatory approaches. The Inquiry will also explore matters related to
how the EPA can effectively consult with the community.
is a once-in-a-generation chance for the public to have significant influence
on the way the EPA operates into the future," said Ms Armytage.
the past two months the Ministerial Advisory Committee has met with more than
50 senior government representatives across a range sectors to understand the
changing requirements of the EPA, and explore matters relating to the Terms of
Reference of the Inquiry.
are now seeking feedback directly from the Victorian community to better
understand individual, rural and business needs to meet Victoria's future
challenges," she said.
interactive website www.epa-inquiry.vic.gov.au for the Inquiry went
live today with discussion threads, registration for public consultation
meetings and ways to make online and written submissions.
consultation meetings will be held in Wodonga, Shepparton, Werribee,
Warrnambool, Coburg, Bairnsdale, Traralgon, Richmond, Horsham, Ballarat,
Bendigo, Frankston, Geelong, Sunshine, Dandenong, Ringwood and Mildura.
Inquiry will report to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water
by 31 March 2016.
Armytage said Victoria's population was projected to increase from 5.9 million
today to 10 million by 2051, which was a significant challenge facing the EPA
in addition to the changing environment, technology developments, and the
community's expectations of government.
is critical the EPA has the right operating arrangements and legislation to best
support Victorians into the future," Ms Armytage said.