Have your say on land, water and biodiversity in Gippsland 

Do you have an interest in the future of land, water and biodiversity in the West Gippsland region? You can help shape the next Regional Catchment Strategy by contributing to an online survey. 

West Gippsland’s Regional Catchment Strategy will guide the activities of government agencies and partner organisations from 2021 through to 2027. 

“This is a major opportunity for members of the public to have their say and tell us what they would like considered as we plan for the future said CEO of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Martin Fuller. “It is a great privilege to coordinate the development of the RCS on behalf of the region”. 

“The final product will bring together information on Traditional Owner aspirations, community priorities as well as the best available science and knowledge so that government bodies can work off the same road map for the next six years,” added Mr Fuller. 

The Regional Catchment Strategy is being reviewed and redesigned for the fourth time after earlier versions of the plan were developed and acted upon, starting in 1997. 

The Strategy covers eight ‘local areas’ based on particular landscapes: 

  • Bunurong Coastal, focussed around Wonthaggi, Inverloch and extends inland to Korumburra and Leongatha 
  • Corner Inlet and Nooramunga, which includes townships such as Foster, Port Welshpool and Yarram.  
  • Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland, taking in Sale, Maffra, Seaspray and Loch Sport. 
  • Gippsland Coastal Plains, including Woodside, Giffard West and Gormandale.  
  • Latrobe, which extends from Warragul and includes Moe, Traralgon and Rosedale 
  • Strzelecki, which includes Hallston, Mirboo North and Balook  
  • Wilsons Promontory  
  • Victorian Alps, which includes NoojeeWalhalla, Erica and Licola.

“We know that asking for input from the community adds enormously to the bank of knowledge we have both about the region and what needs to be addressed over coming years,” added Mr Fuller. 

“Initially, we are asking people to contribute to the online survey, we are also continuing to work in partnership with Traditional Owners to ensure we understand their priorities and aspirations.” 

During 2021 we will be holding discussions and hearing from agency partners and the community in a range of settings to hear their thoughts – whether that’s about weed management, climate change, land management or the state of our waterways concluded Mr Fuller. 

Versions of earlier Regional Catchment Strategies as well as access to the on-line survey are available at wgcma.vic.gov.au  

 Uploaded November 19th 2020

Have your say on the Regional Catchment Strategy 2021-2027