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Council continues collaboration with MASG

MASG and Council representatives

Council has renewed its cooperation with Mount Alexander Sustainability Group for the next three years.

Monday 18 September 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council is continuing to work with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) to reduce the shire’s carbon emissions.

The two organisations recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which renews their cooperation to 30 June 2020.

MASG is a not-for-profit community organisation with more than 200 local supporters and members who are taking action to combat climate change.

The group seeks to improve energy efficiency and increase the supply of renewable energy. It also works on sustainability issues related to waste and the built environment.

“Council is very pleased to renew our relationship with MASG and we look forward to continuing to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shire,” said Ben Bowman, Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Council and MASG share a desire to improve the sustainability of local communities and both organisations recognise the importance of partnerships and community engagement to achieve lasting outcomes,” said Mr Bowman.

Mr Bowman said there was widespread support for Council to work closely with local groups.

“Council carried out extensive consultation as part of our Environment Strategy and Climate Change Action Plan and a clear message was the importance of formalising relationships and working in partnership with local environment groups,” he said.

Chair of MASG Mary Blain said the organisation is privileged to be able to collaborate with Council.

“The MoU is an acknowledgement that both Council and MASG are serious about working together to help the shire achieve the sustainability goals outlined in the Environment Strategy,” said Ms Blain.

“It will also enable MASG to continue to work towards its goals to reduce waste, carbon emissions and improve resource recovery throughout the shire,” she said.

“Both Council and MASG want carbon neutral, low waste communities in healthy and thriving natural ecosystems. Our shared vision sends a very strong message to the community that these goals are achievable,” she said.

For more information on MASG projects and events visit www.masg.org.au.

Image: (L-R) Mayor Sharon Telford, Project Coordinator Waste to Energy project Deane Belfield, Chair of MASG Mary Blain and Acting Council CEO Jason Taylor.

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