The Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio presented the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 document to the Victorian Parliament on 22 June. DEA is very encouraged that the Vic Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the EPA is now linking health with the environment in its deliberations. DEA has been working on enhancing recognition of the vital link between health and the environment over the last few years at numerous meetings and briefings with both the EPA and government policy makers, and through our submission to the EPA Vic Independent Inquiry.
In an Australian first this Bill, not only strengthens action against environmental breaches with higher penalties but also promotes preventive measures through a general environmental duty.
It ‘proposes changes to enhance protection of Victoria’s environment and human health’.
Previously the EPA had limited powers to act unless a breach had actually occurred.