Help set future direction of the region’s land, water and biodiversity.

The future management direction of the region’s land, water and biodiversity as well as our magnificent coastal areas is up for discussion that will set a course for the next six years.

“The Regional Catchment Strategy is a vitally important planning document that will inform priorities for action to look after and care for the Gippsland environment over the next six years,” said Chair of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), Peter Jennings.

“With challenges like climate change, population growth, changes to land use, the next few years are going to be vitally important in where we place the priority to maintain the great environment we enjoy in this region,” continued Peter.

The Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) is being renewed for the fourth time building on the success of previous strategies.

The RCS is an overarching strategy that responds to the challenges such as population growth, climate change and declining biodiversity. It incorporates community and Traditional Owner priorities with those identified in government policies and legislation.

“The RCS priorities have been identified by the people who live in and enjoy the region and key agencies responsible for delivering land and water programs,” added Shelley McGuinness, Chair RCS Steering Committee and WGCMA Board member.

“We’ve been working with community groups, industry bodies and other government agencies for the last 18-months and now we hope the broader community will come on board and provide their input,” added Shelley.

“One of the things our community identify with is the natural environment, whether it be enjoying the beach, bush walking in the Alpine areas, kayaking on a river, or enjoying the wonderful Gippsland Lakes.

Added to these activities, farmers live and work on the land and Traditional Owners have a deep connection to country going back thousands of years of course.

“The Strategy covers eight ‘local areas’ based on landscapes ranging from the Bunurong Coast around Inverloch and Wonthaggi and extending up to Korumburra and Leongatha.

Corner Inlet and Nooramunga, which includes townships such as Foster, Port Welshpool and Yarram.

The Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland, taking in Sale, Maffra, Seaspray and Loch Sport. The 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.

The Victorian Alps, which includes Noojee, Walhalla, Erica and Licola; and Wilsons Promontory.

We’ve all been to these areas. Enjoyed them and probably looked forward to going back to them – if that’s the case we’d love you to spend a few minutes reviewing the draft RCS to ensure the key priorities are captured,” concluded Shelley.

For the first time the RCS review strategy has moved online and can be found at westgippslandrcs.vic.gov.au

Once at the website, members of the public can review the content and also provide feedback via an online form.

Comment and feedback can also be sent via mail to the WGCMA at PO Box 1374, Traralgon 3844.

Feedback through the public consultation process will help shape the next six years of land and water management and initiatives to improve the environment.

Public input is open till October 1st 2021.

Have your say on the Regional Catchment Strategy 2021-2027