Actions and achievements of Victoria’s CMAs on show in new report

Victoria’s CMAs have showcased the role they play in protecting and enhancing the state’s land, water and biodiversity through the release of their 2016-17 Actions and Achievements Report.

The Victorian Catchment Management Authorities’ Actions and Achievement Report 2016-17 was released by the Hon Lisa Neville MP and outlines contributions the 10 CMAs have made to Victoria’s environment, economy and liveability.

CMAs have important roles in the delivery of Victorian and Australian Government environmental policy and programs. CMAs are at the front line of natural resource management and work side by side with communities to ensure Victorians have rivers and landscapes that they love and use.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) works in the region from Warragul to San Remo across to Seaspray and up to Mount Howitt. The region feeds into the iconic Gippsland Lakes as well as part of Gippsland’s beautiful coastline.

Spanning 17,685 square kilometres, the region is home to more than 200,000 residents and boasts some of Victoria’s most productive farming lands and spectacular parks, coastline and most of Melbourne’s water supply.

In 2016-17, WGCMA delivered environmental projects supported by $9 million of Victorian Government, $2 million of Australian Government and $2.4 million of partner investment. Key achievements included:

  • Allocating $100,000 to 24 Landcare and community groups (via the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Landcare Grants) to deliver on-ground environmental projects
  • Strengthening the participation of Indigenous communities in various natural resource management planning processes, training programs and on-ground projects. Rangers from the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation began work on country as part of Corner Inlet Connections project and the Alpine Peatlands project.
  • Securing $2 million from the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative, most of which is funding major on-ground projects in the Perry River and Providence Ponds area
  • The Fert$mart program, delivered in partnership with GippsDairy and Dairy Australia, expanded this year to include the Macalister Irrigation District and the Jack and Albert rivers catchment in the Corner Inlet region. Sixty landholders signed up to be a part of the project
  • Hosting the first ever Victorian Intrepid Landcare Retreat. Twenty environmentally minded young people from across Gippsland congregated at Wilsons Prom for people to hike, work with the ‘Friends of the Prom’ and participate in activities to inspire and empower them to take further work in the Landcare space

For more about WGCMA’s work, please visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au