Environmental Bulletin – November 2021

VIC – New Model by-law for Victoria’s water restrictions proposed

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking public feedback on the proposed Model Water Restriction By-law, which is intended to replace the existing Water Restriction By-laws of Victoria’s 15 urban water corporations when they expire in December 2021. Notable changes to the By-law include encouraging the use of alternative water sources for dust suppression at all stages of restriction, and requiring pool and spa owners to submit a Water Use Plan under stage 4 restrictions in certain circumstances.


For more information visit the Engage Victoria’s webpage 


Australia – Reforms to national gas regulatory framework proposed

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has commenced consultation on reforms that will bring hydrogen blends, biomethane and other renewable gases within the scope of the national gas regulatory framework. Feedback is sought on required changes to the National Gas Law, National Energy Retail Law and subordinate instruments, as outlined in three consultation papers. Comments on the Officials’ paper close 26 November 2021, and comments on the AEMC and AEMO papers close 2 December 2021.


See the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction’s media release here.


Have your say on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources webpage here.


New Zealand – Consultation on new waste strategy and options for new waste legislation underway

The Ministry for the Environment is seeking feedback on the Taking Responsibility for Our Waste consultation document, which looks at proposals for a new waste strategy, and the issues and options for new waste legislation. The new legislation, once developed, would replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the Litter Act 1979. Comments close 26 November 2021.


View the New Zealand Government’s media release here.


Have your say and provide feedback here.