Environment Rural Advisory Panel

Council established its Environment and Rural Advisory Panel in June 2014.  Panel members participate in a series of environment and/or rural themed workshops guided by strategic objectives outlined in the Council Plan 2017 – 2021.  Example topics include:

  • Resource re-use: organic waste diversion pilot
  • Managing pest plants and animals
  • Rural Hinterland Strategy and Local food Program
  • Building community resilience to emergencies/fire management in the Shire
  • An emerging priority topic under Council’s Towards Environmental Leadership Program

The workshops are facilitated and include community advisory panel members, Councillors, Council staff, and relevant experts from industry, state government or other fields. Panel members are usually asked to prepare for workshops by undertaking a small amount of background reading.  The workshop process and outputs inform Council’s formal Council activities and advise the decision making process of the Council. There is also a social, community building outcome as a result of this process.

Council is committed to:

  • Preserving and enhancing the natural environment
  • Providing for growth whilst ensuring the intrinsic values and character of the shire are retained
  • Supporting innovative, sustainable businesses and activities that create jobs and are valued by the community and visitors
  • Creating an inclusive community where everyone can participate and contribute
  • Delivering valued services to the community

Input and advice from the Environment and Rural Advisory Panel (the Advisory Panel) will assist Council to deliver these commitments and the strategies and outcome in its Council Plan 2017 – 2021 (incorporating the Health and Wellbeing Plan). 

To find out more email info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au