Another big year for Victorian CMAs

Victoria’s catchment management authorities (CMAs) have had another strong year, delivering healthier waterways and catchments, jobs and more liveable communities right across the state.

The 2017-18 Victorian Catchment Management Authorities Actions and Achievements Report, highlights the great work done by the 10 CMAs.

This includes:

  • 5,615ha of native vegetation works completed;
  • 96,956 community and landholders working to improve the environment on public and private land;
  • over 1,000,000ha of pest plant and animal control completed;
  • 818 waterway structures to stabilise banks and improve habitat;
  • 717km of fences built or improved; and
  • 10,134 requests for permits, licences, leases and planning referrals provided to landholders.

The report highlights the many projects that have been completed to improve waterway and catchment health as a result of the Victorian Government’s $222 million Water for Victoria investment. This investment also includes $22 million to support the Our Catchments Our Communities strategy that helps form better partnerships between government and community to deliver better on-ground outcomes.

As well as Water for Victoria, CMAs are key agents for delivery of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

CMAs have a long and proud history of embracing diversity and fostering inclusion: half the CMA Board chairs are female and five Indigenous directors were appointed during 2017/18. Furthermore 3% of the CMAs’ workforce are Indigenous, compared to 0.9% in the broader public sector.

You can view the report here.