Partnership approach for environment

Wednesday 25 January, 2006

The Upper Goulburn Implementation Committee (UGIC) met with representatives from the Mansfield Shire in a joint sitting last December to share information and aspirations on environmental issues within the Mansfield area.

UGIC, a community based committee that oversees implementation of the annual natural resource management program of the Goulburn Broken CMA in the upper Goulburn catchment, holds meetings throughout the year in each of the three Shires within the catchment to strengthen its relationship with Municipal Councils.

UGIC Chair Neville Barwick welcomed the Mayor Tom Ingpen, Chief Executive Officer Gary Gaffney, and Councillors Marg Attley and Harry Cripps.

Mayor Ingpen and Gary Gaffney spoke of water and environmental management being key issues across the State and the commitment of Council to implement environmental policies.

Issues of weed management on public land and the lack of Stream Flow Management Plans for major tributaries to the Goulburn River were raised as important matters in the Mansfield Shire as well as continued rehabilitation of the Ford Creek.

The CMA’s program of willow removal and revegetation along Ford Creek will continue with the cooperation of adjacent landholders and has already resulted in clearing of woody weeds and major revegetation projects upstream of Greenvale Lane.

Neville Barwick said that joint meetings offer a unique opportunity to discuss local issues informally with a view to addressing major matters through formal channels.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to meet the new Councillors,” Mr Barwick said.

“We look forward to identifying opportunities where the UGIC and the Shire can cooperate on environmental matters in the Mansfield area.”

Information on waterways works in the Mansfield district should be directed to Works Supervisor, Gary Fox on 5797 2001.

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Contact: Poppê Davis
Dryland Community Liaison Officer
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Ph1: 5797 2001 Ph2: 5761 1540
Mob: 0427 866 328 (anytime)