The Yellingbo Conservation Area Co-ordinating Committee (YCACC) is responsible for overseeing and coordinating land management for nature conservation in the area currently referred to as Yellingbo Conservation Area increasing the profile of the biodiversity and ecological values of the area and improving their protection. The committee, established as a new model to better integrate management of public land, sets strategic directions and policies. It will as provide a first point of contact for stakeholders and the community about the Yellingbo Conservation Area and will communicate with the community through each step of the process.
The Yellingbo Conservation Area Coordinating Committee (YCACC) was established in December 2015 under Section 12 of the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987.
The functions of the committee are to:
- Improve coordination and collaboration between land managers and other agencies involved in the management of the Yellingbo Conservation Area.
- Establish strategic priorities and clear directions for the area to assist land managers, local government and the community, to work in partnership to achieve better environmental outcomes.
The committee also has scope to extend to land management and biodiversity programs on private land, in addition to its role relating to the Yellingbo Conservation Area.
Committee objectives include:
- Coordination of land and biodiversity management activities of member organisations and other Yellingbo Conservation Area neighbours and partners
- Monitoring and reporting of activities
- Providing a point of contact for external organisations and community
- Involving the community in management
- Establishing partnerships
- Seeking and managing additional funding for programs and activities
- Generating educational, communication and publicity materials
- Advocating and negotiating for nature conservation in the region
- Encouraging complementary management on private land
- Establishing long-term management direction