Community Advisory Groups

Community involvement in catchment management decision making is important to our organisation. Members of the community are involved in our northern and southern Community Advisory Groups.

The role of Community Advisory Groups

Our Community Advisory Groups meet a minimum of four times a year to provide strategic advice on policy and projects which are guided by the West Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy.  The members of these groups help us identify emerging issues and provide a channel for information exchange with the broader community.

The groups focus on the Landscape Priority Areas relevant to their regions, these being:

Northern Community Advisory Group

  • Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland
  • Mullungdung
  • Strzelecki Ranges
  • Victorian Alps

Southern Community Advisory Group

  • Bunurong
  • Corner Inlet Nooramunga
  • Strzelecki Ranges
  • Wilsons Promontory

Membership

Group members are appointed by our Board after an expression of interest process, in which applicants demonstrate their skills and knowledge on the various issues in their area.  Equal opportunity principles are applied and appropriate geographic spread of individuals are taken in consideration.  Members are appointed for a period of 3 years.

Members of our current community advisory groups were appointed in 2016.

Local Government representation

Local councils in our region are encouraged to nominate a representative who is either a Councillor or Senior Officer with natural resource management expertise.  These representatives are appointed as individual community members, however they have the freedom to represent their local government authority where appropriate.