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Victorian Budget 21/22

Protecting our environment

Protecting our environment means protecting the health of Victorians – and the future of our state.

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Our ambitious Climate Change Strategy is central to this – positioning Victoria as a leader in tackling climate change and creating new jobs and industries of the future.

This strategy will keep Victoria on track to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050, while also seizing the opportunities of climate action – advancing technology, investing in new industries and creating Victorian jobs.

At the heart of the plan are ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 28‑33% by 2025 and 45‑50% by 2030 – putting Victoria at the forefront of Australia’s climate change action.

This Budget builds on this work, investing $250 million to protect and preserve our environment.

Victorian Landcare Program

This includes $52 million to support our volunteers, local community organisations and continue the Victorian Landcare Program.

This includes grants to help protect threatened species, improve local habitats and strengthen our biodiversity.

Managing weeds and pests

Support is provided to manage weeds and pests in order to protect wildlife.

Improving waterways

Our investment includes $25 million to improve the health of Victoria's regional waterways and wetlands, including river rehabilitation and protection works.

Rehabilitating Port Phillip Bay ecosystems

And we are investing $8.8 million to continue the Port Phillip Bay Fund, which provides grants to rehabilitate Port Phillip Bay ecosystems.

Low-emissions agriculture

These investments build on our $20 million investment to position Victoria as a leader in low-emissions agriculture, which includes developing the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Statement.

The Statement will be co-designed with industry and regional leaders, and create a shared vision and pathway on emissions reduction for the agriculture and primary production industries.

Media release

Keeping our waterways healthy and protecting local jobs

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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