OPLE Pilot Soars Into New Territory

Ten council areas from Baw Baw to Ballarat will receive extra assistance to tackle local pollution issues with the expansion of the Officer for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE) pilot project.

In May, the Victorian Government provided $3.4 million to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) to expand the successful pilot until June 2020.

The pilot sees authorised officers embedded within councils to respond to issues of noise, dust, odour and waste management arising from small to medium sized businesses. The officers also equip communities and industry with the knowledge and skills to help prevent, identify and resolve environmental issues.

After a competitive Expressions of Interest period, EPA has selected ten councils to work with eight new OPLEs, who are currently being recruited.

The councils are:

–          Hume City

–          City of Whittlesea

–          City of Maribyrnong

–          Kingston City

–          Mornington Peninsula Shire

–          Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire, to share

–          City of Melton and Moorabool Shire, to share

–          City of Ballarat, to share with the existing pilot council Central Goldfields Shire

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