Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith is encouraging enthusiastic and experienced people to apply for board positions with Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs).
“The Baillieu Government is delivering on its commitment to maintain Victoria’s 10 CMAs, and we need community decision-makers to provide local input and represent our catchments,” Mr Smith said.
“The Coalition Government recognises local knowledge and independent advice is vital in managing and protecting Victoria’s environment.
“Victorians rejected Labor’s plan to amalgamate Victoria’s 10 CMAs and three coastal boards into five authorities.
“The Coalition is genuine about maintaining the valuable work of CMAs and coastal boards.
“We will continue to support CMAs in achieving improvements in land and water management issues such as salinity, erosion, pest plants and animals.
“I encourage people with a mix of enthusiasm and experience to apply for these positions. It's a great chance to help deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community.
“CMAs play an integral role in bringing together a range of community organisations and groups to deal with the important issues of environment protection and conservation.
“The Baillieu Government is calling on Victorians who have the drive and experience to spearhead ideas to care for our environmental future,” Mr Smith said.
CMAs and their boards are set up under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994,and are accountable to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and the Minister for Water.
Applications for appointment close at 5pm on Friday 4 March 2011.
More information and application forms are available now at www.dse.vic.gov.au under Latest News or contact DSE’s Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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