Moorabool Shire is largely a rural, peri urban municipality centrally located between Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The Shire is also rich in natural values with more than 74% of the area protected within national and state parks and water supply catchments. The natural environment provides the foundation for a range of important social, cultural and economic values and as such Council recognised the value in taking a considered approach to biodiversity and pest plant and animal management in the Shire.
RMCG worked with Council and other stakeholders, including the local community, to prepare the biodiversity and pest plant and animal component of the Moorabool Shire Sustainable Environment Strategy 2016-26. The Strategy sets the framework for Council to work towards improving the natural environment over the next ten years. The Strategy was developed in conjunction with Rusty Brown Consultancy, who prepared the sustainability (energy and water) component of the Strategy.
A stand-alone Implementation Plan was also prepared outlining how Council will deliver the Strategy over a five year timeframe (2016-21). The Implementation Plan will be reviewed after five years and a new Implementation Plan developed for the period 2021-26.