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Council makes a further commitment to protecting our natural resources

26 May 2017

Cr Graham

Continuing our commitment to a clean, green and sustainable Maroondah, Council has voted to become a member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA). This includes setting targets for the protection of native vegetation and becoming involved in region-wide land management projects.

Established in 2002, the PPWCMA is the peak natural resource management body in the region. It is one of 10 catchment management authorities tasked with promoting and coordinating improved land, water and biodiversity management throughout Victoria, under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (Vic) 1994.

The PPWCMA coordinates the Regional Catchment Strategy # a shared vision and set of targets for the more than 350 government agencies and community organisations that manage the land, waterways, coastlines and bays of the region, including The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Parks Victoria; Southern Rural Water; Trust for Nature; and 14 other local councils.

Maroondah Councillor, and Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee chair, Marijke Graham said as a member of the PPWCMA Maroondah would be in a position to advance the natural environment regionally.

“A key initiative for Maroondah is the RCS Living Links project, which will see Council partner with Melbourne Water, Knox City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, City of Casey, Parks Victoria and local community groups,” Cr Graham said.

“This large-scale environmental and social project, supported by $1m of Victorian government funding, aims to enhance urban biodiversity and to improve opportunities for people to experience the many benefits of connecting with nature,” Cr Graham said.

“As part of the project, the area will undergo a range of on-ground works to enhance and connect green spaces in a 22km corridor of the Dandenong Creek, between Bayswater North and Dandenong, to enhance local flora and fauna, help threatened species and improve water quality,” Cr Graham said.

What is Council doing locally to support our environment?

Maroondah has set a series of proposed vegetation targets and will undertake a municipal-wide vegetation review.

These targets support priority areas identified in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 4: 2016-2017), as well as the Maroondah Sustainability Strategy 2016-2020 and the Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Strategy 2017-2021 (under development).

The targets are:

  • No net loss of the area and quality of existing native vegetation on 171 hectares of land managed by the Council to 2040
  • Improved native vegetation quality on an additional 6.7 hectares of land managed by the Council by 2025 and a further 13.1 hectares by 2040
  • No net loss in Council’s 2016 stock of 64,200 street trees to 2040
  • No net loss of the 650ha of open space owned by Council to 2040.

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