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Council puts Landcare
money where its MoU is
THE Bass Coast Shire Council has been
unwavering in its support for the Bass Coast
Landcare over the years, contributing $488,644
to support members of the 10 local groups that
make up the network between 2007-2016.
In turn, Bass Coast Landcare has leveraged
up that money, with support from government
and their own effort, into well over $10 million
worth of projects.
It’s a phenomenal record and hardly surpris-
ing that the shire is preparing to enter into a
new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the local network - the only hope is that
government continues to support this incred-
ible movement with the same level of commit-
The shire council will consider agreeing to a
new MoU with Landcare at this Wednesday’s
An allocation has been made in Bass Coast’s
draft 2017/18 budget of $86,000 for the MoU
payment. This allocation is to be used to assist
in business operations, project management
costs, and leveraged as seed funding for grant
It is subject to CPI annually and would be re-
quired to be included in future budgets for the
term of the MoU agreement, until 2021 subject
to Council approval.
The financial contribution within the MoU
has decreased from $144,825 pa to $86,000
pa due to the removal of plant and vehicle costs
($28,825) and direct funds for on-ground road-
side weed spraying program ($30,000) that has
been moved to Council’s operations budget and
will be procured separately.
Council provides in-kind support to Bass Coast
Landcare Network via hot desk office space, in-
house training opportunities, board meeting
room, human resources and occupational health
and safety advice and trailer storage.
Bass Coast Landcare Network provides in-
kind support to the council via relationship ac-
cess and leveraging to engage with private prop-
erty owners, technical knowledge and services,
state government grant, roadside weed spaying
program administration, assistance with com-
munity inquiries, pest plant and animal con-
trol on private property, auditing of Councils
Rural Land Management Scheme, labour and
specialist advice, Regional Engagement Group
participation and delivery of Council’s Biolinks
Council may also engage Bass Coast Land-
care Network in fee for service works in accor-
dance with Council’s Procurement Policy.
A big crowd numbering more than 300, turned out for the fifth annual Mother’s Day
Classic in Wonthaggi last Sunday with plans to grow the event still further, for cancer
research in the future.
Mother’s Day Classic
ramped up next year
THE success of the fifth annual Mother’s
Day Classic in Wonthaggi has encouraged or-
ganisers to consider ramping the event up
still further in 2018.
Seen as a great way to start one of the most
important days on the calendar, Mother’s
Day, i.e. with an early morning walk among
friends, raising money for a cause that’s
dear to all, breast cancer research, it’s by no
means an intrusion on this important fam-
In fact, for those that might have lost their
mum, it can provide more purpose to an oth-
erwise difficult day.
It is estimated that there will be more than
3000 deaths from breast cancer in Australia
One of dozens of such days regionally, or-
ganised by ‘Women in Super’, it’s a 5km walk
(or run) around the Wonthaggi Rail Trail,
starting and finishing at the old railway sta-
tion, that’s become an annual event for many.
“We were delighted with the support we re-
ceived this year, and it was a lot easier to
come along without the torrential rain we’ve
had for the past couple of years, ” said event
organiser Caroline Donohue.
“I t was also much more cheerful for the
walk to finish at the town market which has
been cancelled due to the weather in the last
“This was our fifth year, and it’s been fairly
low key up until now, but the committee is
looking to ramp it up a bit next year.”
In the fine weather of Sunday, it was a great
success with all of the proceeds guaranteed
to go to breast cancer research.
The raffle was won by Catherine Bolding.
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