Archive:   VERI

Last Updated  11/9/08



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Council's Voluntary Environmental Resource Inventory (VERI).  Very Good?  Yep!

(23/3/07 - E)  Macedon Ranges Council has recently introduced a program called VERI (Voluntary Environmental Resource Inventory), and is looking for community feedback on it.

The main thrust of VERI is to encourage a focus on, and capture, environmental and land management issues particularly when land is put up for sale.  The key purposes of VERI are described as being to:

  1. Reduce the transfer of environmental problems from one owner to the next;
  2. Reward vendors for good environmental management by highlighting excellent environmental endeavour;
  3. Give the potential purchaser some background knowledge and questions to ask the vendor;
  4. Improve land and water resources in the Shire;
  5. Provide information and a guide for property acquisition;
  6. Provide a means to factor environmental and sustainability considerations into land purchase negotiations, by giving people a tool to evaluate natural resources and therefore value them more accurately.

Macedon Ranges Council says: "This is a new initiative and we are seeking any comments or suggestions on how the VERI can be improved or promoted.  There is an evaluation form included with the VERI document.  Email or phone comments are most welcome (Ph 03 5429 9659)." 


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MRRA Says:

This appears to be (in principle at least) yet another excellent initiative coming from Council's Environmental officers and, from what we can see, as with "Caring For Country", Council seems to deserve another pat on the back for this one. 


MRRA supports programs that heighten awareness of environmental issues and encourage increased community involvement and participation in environmental and land management improvement initiatives. This one seems intended to pick up on and give a new priority to how we look after one of our most precious natural resources, land, and the other benefits we get from land, such as drinking water.  The fact that this program gives an incentive to look after land and links this with financial benefits for landholders sends a great message.  We encourage residents to take a look and forward any suggestions they may have to Council.