Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Government review of Environment Effects Act 1978
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the current Environment Effects Act 1978 (the Act) was last reviewed in 2011. None of the 50 recommendations in the 2011 review of the Act have been enacted. Victoria’s high extinction rate shows that the Act is not reducing the negative impacts of development to any significant extent and it is not making a critical contribution to protecting the environment in Victoria, the most cleared state in Australia.

The Act, written before the limited supply of natural remnants, needs to be brought into line with current community expectations and enforce the protection and preservation of the natural remnants and the non-built environment.

When the Minister for Planning decides that project approvals should only be given after considering an Environmental Effects Statement, the Statement is then prepared by the project proponent or their agent. This creates a potential conflict of interest with Government projects because the Government is both the proposer and authoriser of its own projects.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to review and update the Environment Effects Act 1978 so that it protects and values the environment as irreplaceable, requires projects to ensure the long-term habitability of Victoria for its people, native plants and animals, and that assessments in Environmental Effects Statements cover the full, long-term and cumulative impacts of projects on resource depletion, disease transmission and security risks from deepening our dependence on long-distance supply chains.
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