IN THE Bass Coast Shire Council August meeting, council renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN).

The partnership between the two organisations has helped to deliver a vast improvement in the natural environment in Bass Coast over the past 27 years.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said renewing the MOU would enable BCLN to continue to deliver beneficial on-ground outcomes.

“It also provides council with an avenue to contribute to an improved rural landscape in a changing climate,” Cr Tessari said.

As part of the MOU, council will provide BCLN with $92,500 per year in funding until 2024/25.

BCLN’s successful Biolinks Program aims to increase the amount of native vegetation cover across the region and form wildlife corridors, with an expected 115,000 plants to be planted this year.

As part of the Biolinks Project funded by council, BCLN hosted students from Wonthaggi Secondary College at a property in the Woolamai Hills on Thursday, 18 August.

Students got involved and planted 11,000 indigenous plants, creating a wildlife corridor between existing remnant vegetation.

“The day was a huge success with the sun shining and 180 students getting involved and getting their hands dirty!” said Bass Coast Landcare Network on Facebook.

For more information on the Biolinks Project, visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/biolinks, contact council’s Coordinator Land and Catchment on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211, or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au.