La Trobe and Nillumbik Shire sign MOU

La Trobe University and Nillumbik Shire Council will today sign a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore areas of cooperation, particularly in sustainability and environmental development, with the goal of achieving positive outcomes for the local community.

The MOU, to be signed by La Trobe Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Professor Tim Brown and Nillumbik Shire Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bill Forrest, at a ceremony at the Council offices in Greensborough this evening, will provide a framework within which development of joint projects will be undertaken.

“La Trobe is undergoing significant change, and part of that change is to make sustainability and environmental awareness an even more central part of the values and teaching expertise of the University,” said Professor Brown.

“We are developing an Institute of Social and Environmental Sustainability which fits closely with the Council’s strategic objectives, and we look forward to exploring the possibility of working together,” he said.

Professor Brown acknowledged the Council’s commitment to the concept of sustainability through its triple bottom line approach including environmental, social/ cultural, economic and governance sustainability as listed in its Council Plan and various strategic plans and policies.

Nillumbik Shire Council CEO Bill Forrest said the Council recognised La Trobe’s efforts as a renowned leader in research and teaching.

“La Trobe is committed to excellence and is committed to working with local partners such as Council to provide research and graduates and looking at how we can enhance the health and wellbeing of our local communities,” Mr Forrest said.

As part of the MOU both parties agree to the development of strategies to:

  • Identify and maximise opportunities to advance the strategic objectives of each party
  • Identify and develop opportunities to contribute to the sustainable development of the Council and La Trobe.
  • Develop teaching and research priorities related to the environmental, social/ cultural, economic, and governance sustainability as an integral component of La Trobe's commitment to sustainable communities.
  • Maximise research outcomes for the benefit of La Trobe and the communities of Nillumbik.

Further Cooperation

La Trobe and the Council will discuss the possibility of cooperation in the following areas:

  1. Environmental sustainability
  2. Social/ Cultural sustainability including community wellbeing (social/emotional health)
  3. Economic sustainability
  4. Governance and community engagement
  5. Community Assets
  6. Other Collaboration
  7. The parties will undertake any other collaborative efforts that both may deem fit from time-to-time including promoting and facilitating demand for study at La Trobe (e.g. through articulation pathways, scholarships, international students), generating funding support (for infrastructure, programs and research) and the provision of student support (including accommodation, scholarships, work-experience, employment, etc).

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