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MORNINGTON PENINSULA AND WESTERNPORT BIOSPHERE RESERVE FOUNDATION 2005 ORGANISATIONAL REVIEW

   

The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve was established in 2003 to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere, and is internationally recognised within UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program.

The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation aims to lead the community to engage in sustainable practice, and is committed to:
• conserving and improving biological diversity:
• building and sharing knowledge by facilitating, monitoring and utilising research:
• fostering, encouraging and facilitating project partnerships; and:
• engaging with, and providing education for, all elements of the Biosphere community.

Community empowerment and the linking of social, environmental and economic elements of sustainability will be at the core of our approach.

       

WHAT IS THE REVIEW ABOUT?

At its inaugural meeting in December 2003 the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation passed the following resolution:

In the second year of the operation of the Foundation to conduct a review of the Foundation’s administrative arrangements including the constitution and that any recommendations of the review be presented at the second annual general meeting of the Foundation.

The Foundation is now engaged in this review and wishes to receive as much advice, feedback and encouragement from members and others with an interest in the biosphere.

An Organisational Review Working Group has been established and been given delegated powers by the Board to independently oversee the review.

Information about the Biosphere Reserve and the Review that might be of interest to you are listed below as they become available:

Discussion Paper for the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review (48 Kb Word download)

Options Paper for the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review (230 Kb Word download)

Constitution of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation (675 kb pdf download)

Charter of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation (876 kb pdf download)

Roundtable Rules of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation (92 kb pdf download)

UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program website

Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves (80 kb pdf download)

If you are unable to download any documents listed above that you need, please contact Greg Walker, who may be able to forward a CD copy of these documents. Please email Greg at walkergreg@iprimus.com.au by clicking on the underlined title and provide a postal address with your request for the documents you need.

Published submissions to the review are available online at Submissions to the Biosphere Organisational Review

The Final Organisational Review Paper with 71 recommendations to members is available online as a 2 part word download.

Summary of Organisational Review Paper - 9 pages (213 kb word download).

Biosphere Organisational Review Paper - 71 pages (466 kb word download).

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HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?

Community empowerment and the linking of social, environmental and economic elements of sustainability are at the core of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation's approach. Everyone is both welcome and encouraged to contribute.

More information is provided below on how you can contribute. The extent to which you do so is up to you. If you wish to contribute to the review and have email, simply click on the following title and send us your views: Biosphere Review

Please be aware that to ensure fairness and transparency, that submissions must identify the name of their author(s) and that submissions may be published on this site or elsewhere as a means of encouraging and sharing debate.

The following sections outline: 1/ The proposed timetable for the Review; 2/ More detail on what the review involves; 3/ Details on workshops and consultations planned for the review; 4/ Ways you can contribute to the review; 5/ The proposed 'Options Paper', how you can get it and how to respond to it if you wish to; 6/ How your feedback will contribute to a Review Report; 7/ What will be done with the Review Report; and 8/ How recommendations might be made to the 2005 Annual General Meeting.

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1/ THE PROPOSED TIMETABLE FOR THE REVIEW

The proposed timetable for the 2005 review is:

Sat 27 Aug, 9:30am First of two community workshop at Mornington Peninsula Shire  Office, Marine Pde Hastings. 9:30-11:30am Sat 27 August. More info…
Sat 3 Sep, 9:30am Second of two community workshop at Mornington Peninsula Shire  Office, Marine Pde. Hastings. 9:30-11:30am Sat 3 September. More info…
Mon 5 Sep, 9:00am Deadline for community input to Options Paper following initial consultation period. More info…
Sat 10 Sep Options Paper distributed with invitation to members and the public to make further responses. More info…
Sat 10 Sep - Fri 7 Oct Second consultation period for members and the public to respond to the Options Paper. [Please note that due to various requests, submissions will continue to be accepted until 5pm Mon 10 Oct. Please contact David Risstrom if more time is needed]. More info…
Sat 8 Oct - 13 Oct Responses to Draft Options Paper received, analysed and incorporated. Review report developed in consultation with Working Group. More info…
Thu 13 Oct Consultant submits Review Report with recommendations to Board. More info…
Thu 20 Oct Board considers Review Report and recommendations. More info…
Sat 19 Nov Currently scheduled date for the 2005 Biosphere Foundation Annual General Meeting. More info…
   

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2/ MORE DETAILS ON WHAT THE REVIEW INVOLVES

The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review Discussion Paper is available as a 48 Kb Microsoft Word download by clicking on the underlined title.

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3/ DETAILS ON WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS PLANNED FOR THE REVIEW

At least 2 workshops will be held before your views are incorporated into the Options Paper. If you have a question about the workshops, please email me by clicking here: Biosphere Review My return email has further contact details.

Everyone is welcome to attend one or both of the workshops:

9:30 - 11:30 am Saturday 27 August 2005 at the Mornington Peninsula Shire  Office, Marine Pde Hastings.

9:30 - 11:30 am Saturday 3 September 2005 at the Mornington Peninsula Shire  Office, Marine Pde. Hastings.

The workshops will be structured and managed to address the key questions openly and inclusively, and in a punchy, time-efficient manner.  There will be a subsequent opportunity for all Foundation members to provide formal comment in response to exhibition of the Options Paper.

 Key questions will include:

What aspects, if any, of the current Constitution and Roundtable Rules are inconsistent with MAB principles and guidelines?What aspects of the Constitution create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation’s achieving:

  • the objectives of the MAB program?
  • the commitments of the nomination?
  • the conditions of the State Government endorsement?
  • the vision as expressed in the Charter?
  • the due diligence expectations of a corporation under the Corporations Act?
  • other relevant expectations of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation, such as engagement of the broader community?
What aspects of the Roundtable rules create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation’s achieving:
  • the objectives of the MAB program?
  • the commitments of the nomination?
  • the conditions of the State Government endorsement?
  • the vision as expressed in the Charter?
  • the due diligence expectations of a corporation under the Corporations Act?
  • other relevant expectations of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation, such as engagement of the broader community?
What aspects of any other administrative arrangements adopted or used by the Foundation create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation’s achieving:
  • the objectives of the MAB program?
  • the commitments of the nomination?
  • the conditions of the State Government endorsement?
  • the vision as expressed in the Charter?
  • the due diligence expectations of a corporation under the Corporations Act?
  • other relevant expectations of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation, such as engagement of the broader community?

What are the administrative options for achieving better results, in the context of any possible barriers that might have been identified through an examination of the above questions?

Other issues you may have ideas about, such as:

  • the process for selection and appointment of the Chair;
  • the function of Roundtables and their basis of formation – such as geographical, issues-based, representative
  • the structures and mechanisms for engaging the broader community;
  • the merits of an upper limit on the number of Directors;
  • the relative merits of a skills-based Board, a representative Board or other Board models;
  • the role of the Board with respect to the role of the Roundtables;
  • the relative merits of certainty and flexibility, with respect to the degree of prescription desirable in the Constitution and other binding documents;
  • the role of Standing Committees;
  • the potential role of interest groups
  • the need to focus on arrangements that will serve the interests of the Foundation and its sustainability raison d’etre in the long term, so that it can be both responsive to changing needs and robust to be resilient in meeting challenges that may arise internally or externally.
  • good ideas you have.

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4/ WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE REVIEW

There are a number of ways you can contribute including:
  1. Contributing to public consultations, either on Sat 27 Aug or Sat 3 Sept. at Hastings, or through any meetings your local roundtable has organised.
  2. Making a submission by mailing your response to: Biosphere Review at email biospherereview@davidrisstrom.org.
  3. Mailing submissions 'Attention David Risstrom' to 22 Ross St. Northcote, Victoria 3070.

Please be aware that as a means of maintaining transparency and goodwill as part of the review, that submissions will only be accepted on the grounds that they may be made public, and may be published. This will include publishing the names of submitters, and will involve attributing submitter's names to their ideas wherever it is practical.

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5/ THE OPTIONS PAPER

The Options Paper for the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review was distributed on Saturday 10 September 2005.

Copies of the document were forwarded to members by email or by post where an email address was unavailable. Copies were also sent to elected officials and officers in the Local, State and Federal spheres who have an involvement in the Biosphere Reserve

The second consultation period for members and the public to respond to the Options Paper is for one month from Saturday 10 Sep to Friday 7 Oct. [Please note that due to various requests, submissions will continue to be accepted until 5pm Mon 10 Oct. Please contact David Risstrom if more time is needed].

The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review Options Paper is available as a 28 page 230 Kb Microsoft Word download by clicking here or on the underlined title.

Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review Options Paper (230 Kb word document)

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6/ HOW YOUR FEEDBACK WILL BE USED TO CONTRIBUTE TO A REVIEW REPORT

The Review Report will be developed by David Risstrom and the Organisational Review Working Group from as many sources of information as possible. These will include your ideas, submissions, technical reports, and any other sources of useful information.

The second consultation period for members and the public to respond to the Options Paper is for one month from Saturday 10 Sep to Friday 7 Oct. [Please note that due to various requests, submissions will continue to be accepted until 5pm Mon 10 Oct. Please contact David Risstrom if more time is needed].

Electronic copies of submissions will be added as downloadable documents as they become available at: Submissions to the Biosphere Organisational Review.

The Final Report for the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review with 71 recommendations to members is available online as a 2 part word download.

Summary of Organisational Review Paper - 9 pages (213 kb word download).

Biosphere Organisational Review Paper - 71 pages (466 kb word download).

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7/ WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE REVIEW REPORT

The Review Report is intended to make recommendations about how the Biosphere's organisational arrangements can help it achieve its goals. A copy of the report will be provided to the board of the Foundation and will made public. it is most likely to be published on this site and/or elsewhere, so that it is freely available. The date of publication of the report is not yet determined, but it will be well ahead of the 2005 Annual General Meeting of the Foundation, with the aim that its content will help you with decisions you might make as an active member of the Biosphere.

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8/ HOW RECOMMENDATIONS MIGHT BE MADE TO THE 2005 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

The Final Review Report did not make recommendations that required constitutional change, though what the membership chose to do with the recommendations is a democratic matter for the membership. As I understand, the Organisational Review Group will not be proposing constitutional changes, though any Biosphere member would be entitled to put motions to the AGM as long as they satisfied the notice and other legal requirements to do so.

Please keep an eye on this site for more information. I will endeavour to post news and downloadable copies of documents as they become available: David Risstrom

 
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28 February 2016: To see, one should liberate oneself from the immediate. Looking beyond opens the world to where beauty has become one with truth. The harmony of the invisible is always more beautiful than the one of the visible: p 106, Hugues de Montalembert in Invisible.

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