Illawarra to Shoalhaven

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Partnership Facilitator: David Rush
Contact details:
0418 977 4022 or email davidr@npansw.org.au

Thanks to the recent funding support of the NSW Government, GER has taken the first steps in the establishment of a new Regional Partnership in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. The purpose of the partnership will be to ensure that the amazing biodiversity of the region can be maintained in a changing climate by protecting & enhancing corridor and landscape connections from the Royal National Park south to Batemans Bay.

The partnership will provide a forum for organisations of complementary interest to pursue common goals for connectivity conservation and to help achieve the vision of the GER. It will recognise the achievements of many groups and landowners in the region and aim to strengthen existing collaboration and forge new partnerships.

The Illawarra and Shoalhaven were selected as priority focus areas for the GER due to their biological values, the need and potential to enhance connectivity and the wide range of active interest groups. The partnership was launched at a workshop in Wollongong on 31 October 2012 with participation encouraged from a wide variety of sectors. The early aims of the partnership were to agree to the proposed establishment program and the selection of a ‘working group’ that will lead the partnership into being over the first 12 months. Operational and project funding of $325,000 has been committed over the next three years to make sure that this new partnership can achieve similar successes as the other GER Regional Partnerships.

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