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Working together for the environment

Working together for the environment

Published:
Friday 27 August 2021

Bass Coast Shire Council renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) at its August Meeting.

The partnership between BCLN and Council 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 that by renewing the MoU, it will enable BCLN to continue to deliver on-ground outcomes.

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

The new MoU describes the relationships, responsibilities and funding commitment that supports the collaborative working arrangements between Council and BCLN. As part of the MoU, Council will provide BCLN with funding of $92,500 per year until 2024/25.

One of the major successes of the partnership between Council and BCLN is the Bass Coast Biolinks Project. The Project aims to increase the amount of native vegetation cover across the region and form wildlife corridors, with an expected 115,000 plants to go in this year.

As part of the Biolinks Project, BCLN hosted Year 9 students from Wonthaggi Secondary College at a property in the Woolamai Hills on Thursday, 18 August.

The day was a huge success with sunny conditions and 180 students getting involved to plant 11,000 indigenous plants, creating a wildlife corridor between existing remnant vegetation. At a width of 50 metres, the site will provide substantial habitat values for local species and strategic placement along a waterway will also help improve water quality entering the lower Powlett Catchment.

For more information on the Biolinks Project visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/biolinks, or contact Council’s Coordinator Land and Catchment on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au.