Corowa District Landcare and Federation Council MOU Agreement

Partnerships, sustainable agriculture, NRM and capacity building

Corowa District Landcare and Federation Council MOU Agreement

Partnerships, sustainable agriculture, NRM and capacity building

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The issue

Corowa District Landcare (CDL) was previously a section 355 Committee supported under the former Corowa Shire Council for approximately 20 years.  In 2016, there was a change in the governance structure when the group became an incorporated association and appointed a Landcare Coordinator. The Council also went through an amalgamation with the Urana Shire in 2016, to form the now Federation Council.   In 2019, CDL saw there was an opportunity to continue this key partnership with Federation Council, with mutual benefits moving into the future.

The solution

The CDL Chairperson, Landcare Coordinator and project staff presented to Council on the partnership opportunities between the two organisations, which included co-operation on a number of conservation, natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable agriculture initiatives. Federation Council agreed that Corowa District Landcare is a key partner and consequently committed  to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

The impact

Federation Council and the Corowa District Landcare have signed a MOU to formalise the current working relationship for on-ground local natural resource management and conservation initiatives in the region.

Federation Mayor, Councillor Patrick Bourke said, “Corowa District Landcare is a key partner of Federation Council and this relationship provides environmental opportunities for both organisations.”

The key aims for the two organisations over the next 5 years include: 

  • Increase the delivery of local on-ground NRM initiatives.
  • Leverage the resources and expertise from both organisations.
  • Educate and raise awareness in the local community about the importance of environmental protection, natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
  • Increase community participation and engagement in NRM and sustainable agricultural activities.
  • Develop grant ready projects and attract funding to deliver on-ground and education Landcare based activities.
  • Utilise other important local networks to deliver outcomes.

In the MOU, Federation Council has included the provision of office accommodation and facilities for Corowa District Landcare, as well as a financial contribution of $5,000 per year and a commitment to partner and deliver local initiatives over the next five years (1st January 2020 until 31 December 2024). 

Key facts

  • Landcare and local government partnership agreement
  • Leveraging resources for mutual benefit
  • Improving the health of local environment & farming systems
  • Increasing local community awareness & engagement in Landcare activities

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