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Our Catchments, Our Communities

Integrated catchment management in Victoria 2016-19

'Our Catchments, Our Communities' is the first state-wide strategy for integrated catchment management in Victoria. The strategy has been developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) together with catchment management authorities (CMAs).

Integrated catchment management recognises that land, water and biodiversity are all part of a connected environment that spans from the top of a catchment down to the coast and related marine environments. It acknowledges the intrinsic values of our environment and that healthy catchments underpin regional economies and provide social and recreational benefits for the community.

Its vision is: "Healthy, sustainable and productive land, water and biodiversity maintained through integrated catchment management that is strongly community based, regionally focused and collaborative." The State Government is providing $22m over the next four years to implement the strategy.

Example Project 1 : Pelican Island sand renourishment

Example Project 2 : Greater community engagement in catchment management

For more information and copies of the strategy:,-our-communities

Click here to download the PDF

Click here to download the Word doc

Click here for an online booklet view of the strategy

Click here to learn about and access the East Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy

Related EGCMA Plans and Strategies:

Media Release:

Healthier Catchments, Healthier Communities
Victorian Government - Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water - Lisa Neville
19 May 2016



Example Project 1 : Pelican Island sand renourishment

The Gippsland Lakes catchment occupies almost 10 per cent of Victoria. The Gippsland Lakes are Ramsar listed, are of international significance, and are known for the habitat they provide to migratory birds.

Photograph - Little Terns.

Pelican Island is a small island located east of Metung in the Gippsland Lakes. Parks Victoria has worked with East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Birdlife East Gippsland, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Gippsland Ports, Greening Australia, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Corporation and Nungurner Landcare Group to reinstate sand along the shore of the island and revegetate it to enhance habitat for migratory birds.

Photograph - Pelican Island

The sand was ‘replaced’ from Gippsland Ports dredging channels for boat navigation close by. Within a couple of months Little Terns were utilising the habitat for nesting. The Gippsland Lakes program has helped with the coordination of various partners to deliver a great outcome for migratory birds and the Gippsland Lakes.

Example Project 2 : Greater community engagement in catchment management

The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Regional Landcare Support Plan (2015-2019) outlines the actions the authority will undertake to support Landcare in the region. In consultation with Landcare executives, staff and volunteers, the previous plan was reviewed for effectiveness and relevance. Learnings from this have been incorporated in the current plan, which in collaboration with Landcare Executives was developed and identifies six areas challenging Landcare efficiency and productivity, and public perception and involvement.

Photograph - Far East Victoria Landcare President, Dawn Parker, and Facilitator Penny Gray during a video training session hosted by Landcare.

The plan provides a five-year framework for the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to support Landcare groups and networks. Examples include arranging facilitated workshops designed to assist Landcare Executives and staff to develop and maintain momentum and energy for Landcare activities; providing training opportunities to develop skills in social media and governance; and supporting Landcare to celebrate and recognise achievements through events like the Regional Landcare Awards. The plan also aims to provide information and clarity around the Victorian Landcare Program and the Regional Landcare Coordinator role.

For more Our Catchment, Our Community project examples around Victoria click here.


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