Monday, July 14, 2014

calling committee volunteers for yellingbo

Yarra Ranges Council and Cardinia Shire Council have been requested by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to conduct a process to make recommendation to the Minister on 3 community members to take part in the newly created Yellingbo Conservation Area Coordinating Committee.

A representative of Yarra Ranges Council has also been requested and we will be suggesting our Manager of Parks and Environment to sit on the Committee.
The functions of the committee are to improve coordination and collaboration between land managers and other agencies involved in the management of the Yellingbo Conservation Area.  The Yellingbo area has unique biodiversity and ecological values, and establishment of this committee is an important step in improving public land and conservation outcomes in the area.

The committee will comprise a of convenor, one representative from each of Parks Victoria; Melbourne Water; Yarra Ranges Council; Cardinia Shire Council; Department of Environment and Primary Industries; Zoos Victoria; Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority; and Trust for Nature, and four community representatives.
The Minister endorsed the creation of the Yellingbo Coordination Committee in response to the Yellingbo Investigation Final Report by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) and in accordance with the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act (1987).

Advertising for committee positions is now underway, in relevant local newspapers, on Council’s website and by letters to all previous interest groups, and nominations will close 5.00pm Monday 21 July 2014. 
A selection panel will meet with short-listed applicants in late July for nomination of suitable candidates to the Minister by 8 August 2014.

If you're keen to play your part in steering the ongoing management of this important and unique area of the shire then this could be your opportunity.

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