LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
I HAVE watched with interest the work of the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee since the election to power of the Coalition Government in Victoria.
Whilst, superficially at least, the development of this committee seems like a step in the right direction for the management of the Gippsland Lakes and catchment area, its establishment leaves me wondering why we need this bureaucratic structure in the first place, given that we already have multiple government agencies managing the Gippsland Lakes and catchment area; for example, shire councils, a ports department, two catchment management authorities, water authorities, foreshore committees, and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries?
We have a Gippsland Coastal Board that is directly tasked with supporting integration of management effort for the entire Gippsland coastal area, including the Gippsland Lakes.
The Gippsland Coastal Board has a direct line of communication to the Victorian Coastal Council, and via this link is able to advise the relevant ministers if and when required, pertaining to any integrated coastal/catchment/marine issues.
The East and West Gippsland CMA boards operate in a similar manner, albeit with a catchment focus, through the Victorian Catchment Management Council.
Why do we need the GLMAC to essentially duplicate this effort, when the bureaucratic structures, supported by relevant Acts of Parliament, have been established for some time to provide advice relating to the management of the Gippsland Lakes and catchment area to the relevant Ministers?
As a concerned local resident and taxpayer, it intrigues me greatly as to why we need and are indeed paying for such duplicity of management effort.
Perhaps our local Member of Parliament could inform us why this is the case?