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Busy six months for the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee

Thursday 8 March, 2018

It’s been a busy and productive six months for the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee (MEAC), who have covered everything from weed control to helping form strategic planning projects.

The committee’s nine volunteers share their knowledge, skills and experiences to provide Council with strategic advice and recommendations about environmental sustainability and management issues.

In the first six months of the 2017/18 term, the committee have met four times, considering a wide range of topics including waste management, weed control, key advocacy projects, fauna and flora, flood mitigation, urban forestry, strategic planning matters and environmental education.

Highlights of the first six months include:

  • Working with the Murrindindi Environment Advisory Committee, natural resource agency and local government staff in a review of a local plan for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.
  • Contributing to Council policies including:
    • Draft Whiteheads Creek Flood Study
    • Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan
    • Draft Seymour Structure Plan
    • 2017/2018 Environment Strategies Action Plan
    • Mitchell Shire Council Roadside Weeds and Pests Program

MEAC has also provided environmental advice on many operational activities including environmental education, waste management, sustainability, National Tree Day and weed control programs.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson praised the work of the committee, who have helped advise Council on a range of issues.

“The Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee is such a great initiative and it’s fantastic to see them so involved over the past six months,” Cr Sanderson said.

“MEAC works closely to advise Council’s environment team and other departments to help preserve and enhance our natural environment for generations to come.

“We know the environment is really important to our community and it is really important to Council as well – in fact, caring for the environment is one of the strategic objectives of our Council Plan.

“Committees such as MEAC are such valuable resources. We thank the committee for their efforts so far and look forward to seeing what else they can help deliver in the second half of the year.”

Applications for new members to join MEAC will open in April. More information on how to apply will be available soon.

Expressions of Interest are now being taken by emailing environment@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or calling 5734 6200.