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Posted on: 1 May, 2014

One more environmental feather in Livingstone’s cap!

Livingstone Shire Council will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) and the Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments (FRCC) signifying its strong commitment to protect and preserve our environment.

Mayor of Livingstone Shire, Councillor Bill Ludwig said the MOU is an agreement to formalise the re-establishment of our previous positive and proactive relationship with both Fitzroy Basin Association and the Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments, and our strong commitment to the local environment.

“These partnerships are vital in enabling Council to play its key role as an environmental advocate, community educator, and champion for environmental issues,” Cr Ludwig said.

“This MOU framework outlines our responsibilities in managing our natural resources, but more importantly will allow us to build on and expand our current projects, foster new projects and engage with our community to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.

“We are very proud of Livingstone’s environmental credentials, particularly with the recent reinstatement as Reef Guardians, and now this important partnership will ensure Livingstone Shire’s natural resources continue to be efficiently and sustainably managed into the future,” Cr Ludwig said.

Councillor Adam Belot, who holds the Council Portfolio of Water, Waste Management and the Environment, said he was excited about the flow on benefits of the MOU for community members.

“Livingstone has always worked closely with the FBA, the FRCC and local community groups and has achieved some great initiatives including the Integrated Coastal Management Project which included the installation of pollutant traps, and the preparation of a Foreshore Management Plan.”

“This relationship is really about ensuring there is a collective approach to advocating and encouraging sound environmental stewardship, helping and empowering the wider community improve their environmental practices, and for enabling Council to deliver some positive initiatives across our Shire,” Cr Belot said.

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