Words from the Chair

19 June, 2019
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/ By Lauren

Gerry Leach, VRAN Chair

Earlier this month VRAN and Agriculture Victoria were recognised by the United Nations for their efforts in improving government and community collaboration.

The rabbit initiative was awarded the United Nations Public Service Award for “Delivering More Inclusive and Equitable Services to Leave No One Behind”.

Since its establishment in 2014, VRAN has been working together with partners to implement an innovative and effective model that connects community, government and industry.

The key to the VRAN model is that community leaders are at the decision-making table along with the policy makers and the scientists to come up with solutions. If community-led action is to be sustained, it is critical that those impacted by the problem have ownership of the process for resolving the issue.

This approach empowers community and acknowledges their local experience and knowledge, which can significantly contribute to the design and delivery of policies and programs.

Receiving a United Nations award is global recognition of our work and is testament to the commitment of community leaders and Agriculture Victoria staff in driving the success of this program.

A delegation from Victoria will be heading to the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the Middle East, on 24 June to receive the award at the United Nations Public Service Forum and Awards Ceremony.

There are so many deserving people who should also be with us at this ceremony, which reflects the importance of everyone’s contribution to VRAN and rabbit control in Victoria.

On behalf of the delegation we are very honoured to be representing you at this ceremony, and I would like to thank Agriculture Victoria in supporting this effort.


Gerald Leach, VRAN Chair

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