Community Engagement Network

Our Community Engagement Network (CEN) is a board appointed forum that focuses on two-way information exchange between the WGCMA and West Gippsland community members.

Its purpose is to:

  • identify community needs and issues in natural resource management
  • provide a community perspective into strategies and plans
  • strengthen our profile and reputation in the community.

Since 2019 the CEN have met at:

  • Traralgon
  • Heart Morass Wetland
  • Powlett River Estuary
  • Two online sessions – including introductions to the Thomson River avulsion, Horseshoe Bend fishway as well as our works in the High Country.

The WGCMA and other agency staff have presented on current works programs, partnerships and community engagement. In between meetings CEN members get regular information, updates and input opportunities into CMA and other NRM plans and strategies.

The CEN includes a geographic spread of individuals with a range of industry experience, interests and demographics. There are currently 25 members of the CEN comprising:

  • Fourteen males and eleven females
  • Mix of young, middle and older age groups
  • A good geographic spread with members from all corners of the region, from Fish Creek up to Warragul and from Sale to Inverloch
  • Two University Students

Professional careers include:

  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Vet
  • Accountant
  • Consultant
  • NRM professionals
  • Emergency services
  • Farmers
  • Land Use Planner
  • Engineer.

Recreational interest include:

  • Hunting
  • Woodworking
  • Bushwalking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Recreational Fishing and more.

Connections with many local community groups including:

  • Sports and Surf Clubs
  • Landcare groups
  • Field and Game
  • Friends of groups
  • Art Galleries
  • CFAs
  • Venturers
  • Wildlife Rescue Groups and more.


Community Engagement Network Members
Community Engagement Network Members


CEN Members

Membership to the CEN is for a three year term with the currently term due to be completed in December 2024.

Board members Liz Clay and Brian Stevens are Chair and Deputy Chair of the Community Engagement Network.

Executive support to the CEN is provided by Partnerships and Engagement Project Officer, Tash Marty-Cripps. For more information please feel free to contact Tash via email: