BASS Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network have formally agreed to continue their partnership with the signing of a new four year Memorandum of Understanding.
Bass Coast Landcare Network and the Bass Coast Shire Council have operated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) since 2006.
The MoU 2017 reflects the strong partnership and shared goals of both organisations, with beneficial outcomes for the community and environment of Bass Coast Shire.
Landcare is a respected brand in urban and regional communities, and is often able to reach landowners, educate them and work with them towards more sustainable land management practices.
Lasting positive relationships are built between the council and landowners through the Bass Coast Landcare Network.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, is excited to continue the partnership with the Bass Coast Landcare Network, a successful network of 10 local Landcare groups, with more than 1000 members.
“Bass Coast Landcare Network’s ability to work in partnership with the council to protect, maintain and enhance the region’s biodiversity and agricultural sustainability is intrinsically connected to the shire’s prosperity,” Cr Rothfield said.
The Mayor’s sentiment was echoed by the chair of Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mike Cleeland.
“This is a unique and important relationship. The MoU signifies a partnership between an incorporated Landcare board and local government, to deliver environmental outcomes neither could achieve alone.
“This is a great example of working together to achieve more,” Mr Cleeland said.
The MoU describes the relationships, responsibilities and funding commitment that supports the collaborative working arrangements between the council and Bass Coast Landcare Network.
It brings certainty for both organisations for the next four years, primarily regarding longevity and continuity in funding for on ground action.
The agreement also confirms resourcing and a commitment to achieve biodiversity projects, responsible environmental sustainable management, and social capital.