A NEW Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) officer has started working with Greater Shepparton City Council with the aim to increase protection for the local environment.
Greater Shepparton’s new EPA officer, Heath Robison began work on Monday, September 25 and is part of a pilot program, Officers for the Protection of the Local Environment’ (OPLE), that will see EPA officers work with selected councils across Victoria.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said, “The start of the new officer, under the Andrews Labor Government’s new OPLE, will see EPA officers work with selected councils across Victoria, and Greater Shepparton City Council is among the first to benefit.”
EPA acting CEO, Tim Eaton said the OPLE program will build on EPA’s existing relationships with local councils.
“While we already work closely together on many issues, having a dedicated resource through the OPLE program will mean there is faster identification and resolution of local pollution problems,” Mr Eaton said.
“OPLE officers will respond to pollution reports, provide information and education activities to support the prevention of pollution, and undertake proactive inspections of premises.”