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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

NEW OFFICER TO PROTECT THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

 

The Victorian Government welcomes new Officer for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE), Kristen O’Halloran, who is now working with local councils in the districts around central Victoria.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has introduced 11 locally based OPLEs under a $4.8 million pilot program funded by the Victorian Government. 

The OPLE based with the Shires of Central Goldfields, Buloke and Loddon will respond to smaller-scale and lower risk waste and pollution complaints, such as small to medium scale illegal dumping, litter, noise, dust and odour complaints arising from smaller business and industry.

Her duties will also include information and education activities to support prevention of pollution, and proactive inspections of premises to support compliance.

13 Councils were chosen to participate in the 15 month pilot program, with 34 Councils lodging an expressions of interest. 

Along with Central Goldfields, Buloke and Loddon, they include the municipalities of Port Phillip, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Wyndham, Surf Coast, Mildura, Greater Shepparton, Wodonga, Brimbank and Hobsons Bay.

Quotes attributable to Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West

“Local Government and EPA play a vital role in responding to pollution and waste issues that compromise environmental and public health, and adversely impact liveability and amenity.”

“The program is a practical measure that will bring practical results.  The officers are based where they can make use of local knowledge, work direct with Council officers, and bring EPA’s powers to bear quickly on local pollution problems.”

“It demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to country Victoria and the environment.”

“We urge the community to make the most of EPA’s expanded front line capacity in the local area, by reporting any pollution via the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).”

Quotes attributable to Jacinta Allan MP, Transport Minister and Member for Bendigo East

“The program is a practical measure that will bring practical results.  The officers are based where they can make use of local knowledge, work direct with council officers, and bring EPA’s powers to bear quickly on local pollution problems.”

“It demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to country Victoria and the environment.”

“Residents can expect a closer eye on local pollution problems under a new program that will see EPA and councils working in partnership.”

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