THE Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will merge.
Premier Denis Napthine made the shock announcement today, saying a restructure of the Victorian Public Service would benefit all Victorians.
“The arrangements I am announcing today will sharpen the focus of the public service on securing investment and jobs, delivering responsible financial management, and providing better frontline services to all Victorians," he said.
“To secure Victoria‟s position as one of the most liveable places in the world, the Government will integrate urban and transport planning with local infrastructure and services.
“Good planning requires the successful integration of modern public transport and key local infrastructure to deliver better local environments for Victorian families.
“Bringing land and water management together with Primary Industries will help boost the productivity of Victoria‟s world-class food and fibre sector. This also reorganises the vital role played by land managers and Landcare groups in the protection of our environment and the management of our natural resources."
Both the DPI and DSE have offices in Bendigo.
The new division will be called the Department of Environment and Primary Industries with Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh at the helm
Last year the state government closed a number of DPI offices in Victoria including Kyneton, St Arnaud, Birchip, Ararat, Camperdown, Cobram and Ouyen.
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