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New MOU for Catchment Partners

Friday 11 August, 2006
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed today (Friday) by the major partners in the delivery of natural resource management in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed today (Friday) by the major partners in the delivery of natural resource management in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn-Murray Water, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Department of Primary Industries and EPA Victoria are signing the MOU acknowledging their ongoing commitment to working together for the environment.

Goulburn Broken CMA Chair, Stephen Mills, said through the MOU the organisations were committing to fostering and continuously improving partnerships to provide improved services to clients.

Mr Mills said since 1988 partner agencies and the community in the Goulburn Broken catchment have worked well together to achieve significant natural resource management gains.

He said the catchment was held up around Australia and the world as a model for integrated catchment management and this success could be largely attributed to the strength of the partnerships between organisations and with the community.

"We already have terrific partnerships. What this MOU does is commit us to evaluating and improving the way we work together so that the catchment community and the environment get the utmost from every dollar we spend."

"For every dollar we invest in the catchment, the community puts in two.  This illustrates how committed the community is to looking after the Goulburn Broken catchment. It also shows that government gets a big bang for its buck when it invests in our catchment."

"The GB CMA and its partners owe it the people of the catchment to work together as effectively as we can to eliminate duplication, reduce bureaucracy and get the best results for the region.'' Mr Mills said.

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For more information telephone Stephen Mills on 0407 318 753 or Lisa McKenzie at Impress on 58 212 651 or 0427 212 651.