Public Review Of The EPA To Commence
The public review of Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is about to commence, with the appointment of an advisory committee led by former Secretary of the Department of Justice, Penny Armytage.
The review will examine the powers and resourcing of the state’s environmental regulator and ensure the Authority is best prepared to act on community concerns and tackle modern day challenges such as pollution and contamination.
Jane Brockington, former CEO of the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission, and Janice Van Reyk, Non-Executive Director of Northern Territory EPA, will join Ms Armytage to form the review’s advisory committee.
The Committee will work with the EPA Board to examine the most appropriate role for the regulator in protecting the environment and safeguarding public health as our population and economy grows.
The review is due to commence in June 2015 and present a report to the Government by the end of March 2016, which will then be considered and publically responded to.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Water, Lisa Neville
“We’re making sure the EPA is equipped to provide a healthy environment, which will ensure the best quality of life for our communities.”
“The relevant legislation is almost 46 years old. This is about ensuring the regulator keeps up with the times and has the powers and resources it needs to do its job.”
“The advisory committee will seek the views of the community, industry and workers in relevant industries before providing its recommendations to the Government.”