Land use planning and development are important for meeting the changing needs of the growing population.
An environmental impact assessment is a tool used to predict the environmental, social and economic effects of a proposed development at an early stage in project planning and design. The assessment aims to find ways to reduce negative impacts, and shape projects to suit the local environment.
In Victoria, assessments of the environmental impact of proposed development projects are conducted through the Environmental Effects Statement process under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
In this audit, we examined if the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is managing the Environment Effects Statement process effectively.
We make eight recommendations for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Victorian Auditor-General's Office, State of Victoria 2017
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In this audit, we assessed whether DELWP, and councils in their roles as planning and responsible authorities, are managing and implementing the planning system to support the objectives of the Act and the desired outcomes of state planning policies.
We also examined:
• progress since our 2008 audit in improving oversight of the system and its performance
The city of Melbourne is located in a highly productive agricultural region with the capacity to meet approximately 41% of the city population’s food needs. Melbourne’s “foodbowl” is an important building block in a resilient and sustainable food system for this rapidly growing city.
Greenhouse gas emissions urgently need to be reduced. Even with a step up in mitigation, the goal of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 °C remains challenging. Consequences of missing these goals are substantial, especially on regional scales. Because progress in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions has been slow, climate engineering schemes are increasingly being discussed.