Victoria is divided up into 10 major regions, they are:
- East Gippsland
- Glenelg Hopkins
- Goulburn Broken
- Port Phillip and Western Port
- North Central
- North East
- West Gippsland
Six delegates per region: The VLC Council is made up of up to 60 delegates, with up to six from each region. Of the six from each region. Five of the six positions are reserved for volunteer landcarers and one is reserved for a professional landcare staff member that is employed within the region.
Election of delegates: It is left up to landcare in each of the ten regions to work out how they elect the, up to, six delegates they want to represent them. Once a region has decided who their delegates are to be they need to notify the VLC Data Manager so records can be updated.
Delegates Term: There is no official fixed term for delegate positions. A region can change/update their delegates when appropriate to the region. Please notify the Data Manager of anychanges in a timely manner.
The Delegate Role involves:
- Listening to the interests and gathering the views of Landcarers in their region and representing these at Council. People who have good networks or are prepared to develop good networks amongst Landcarers are good at this.
- Attending Council meetings and participating in activities including workshops that help set the direction of VLC activities.There are three Council meetings each year, one is attached to the AGM and is held centrally in the Melbourne area but all other Council meetings are held in the regions. Delegates are welcome to attend all three Council meetings but most attend one or two, given the time and the cost associated with attending meetings.
- Sharing information through local networkswithin their region about Landcare matters and issues arising at Council and CoM.Encouraging VLC membership for Groups, Networks and Landcare employees where appropriate, is also desirable.
- Electing delegates at the AGM, who will form the VLC Committee of Management responsible for operational matters.
The in-region Council meetings are typically run on a weekend. Delegates usually have the option to arrive on the Friday evening. Saturday is a full day involving a local tour in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. Further networking opportunities are provided over dinner on the Saturday night. On Sunday the formal Council meeting is held and wraps up prior to lunch.
Why Council meetings are rotated around the state:
The council meetings are rotated around regional areas to maximise involvement in and effectiveness of the VLC. Each region gets to showcase some of the fabulous work being undertaken, share issues of concern and explore potential solutions, share the cost of travel, meet with and network with a broader number of CMAs and local shires across the state, provide increased opportunities for all new people to participate and to tap into renewed sources of energy.
Assistance offered for attending meetings:
- When delegates attend a Council meeting up to $50/night towards the cost of accommodation is available. In most cases venues for Council meetings are selected where this amount covers the full cost of accommodation.
Delegates often car-pool when practical to reduce and share travel costs.
Map of Victorian regions & delegates (Nov 2016)