This initiative will deliver an integrated output-based set of programs to continue to protect and restore Victoria’s regional waterways and catchments, which are severely degraded from over 150 years of human intervention and economic development. This protection and restoration is a multi-generational task, which also needs to adapt to the future challenges of climate change and Victoria’s expanding population. It is a slow, incremental, complex – and very achievable – role of the Victorian Government, and the primary reason why the Environmental Contribution was created under the Water Industry Act 1994 . Restoring these natural assets – which are of deep value to current and future generations – requires investment stretched over more than fifty years and maintained at a level commensurate with the repairs and service needed.

Through this initiative, the Victorian Government will continue to deliver the programs and benefits to which it committed in Chapter 3 (Waterway and Catchment Health) of Water for Victoria .

This initiative significantly invests in regional employment to deliver multiple components of the program. Funding is anticipated to support approximately 325 jobs across regional Victoria, primarily within catchment management authorities (CMAs) and their delivery partners and contractors.

Program Title (EC5)

2020-21 Expenditure $’000

Improving the health of Victoria’s waterways and catchments in the face of escalating impacts of climate change

53,903

Projects

This project continues the long and complex job of repairing environmental damage caused over many years, initiated during the goldrush in the 1850s. The project aims to address the following problems:

  • Problem 1. Failure to mitigate inappropriate land use practices will intensify degradation of waterways and catchments and adversely impact their use by the community.
  • Problem 2. Changing amounts and timing of water flows in waterways and catchments is harming abundance, diversity & distribution of priority flora, fauna and habitat.
  • Problem 3. Limited community capability and desire to participate in catchment management reduces their impact on making waterways and catchments more resilient.

Waterway Health

This funding allows CMAs to implement a range of waterway health initiatives with Traditional Owners, agency partners and community groups across Victoria, which are related to the delivery of the Victorian Waterway Management Program. Key achievements from each of these initiatives are outlined below. You can also go to this page to see a selection of achievements.

Flagship Waterways

The Government has identified 36 regional waterways for large scale restoration over the next 30 years (Flagship Waterways) – identified in Chapter 3 of Water for Victoria. See page 54-55 at this link for a map which shows all these sites.

This initiative delivers on-ground environmental works to protect and restore the priority rivers and landscapes that Victorians love and use. During 2021, the initiative funded long-term, large scale restoration projects at nine flagship waterways across regional Victoria. Key highlights have included:

  • North Central CMA engaged Biik Environmental (business arm of Taungurung Land and Waters Council) to treat pest willow species along a 2.8 km section of the Campaspe River at Langley. Shane Monk, Cultural & Natural Resources Officer with Taungurung Land and Waters Council said “Having the opportunity to come out here and do some work with the North Central CMA is really good because it’s given us more of a chance to get more of our mob back on Country.”
  • North East CMA partnered with Alpine Shire, with the Shire providing funding and the CMA providing technical oversight to enable large areas of willow and blackberry removal along the proposed Great Valley Trail alignment, adjacent to the Ovens River.

Gippsland Lakes

The Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee has worked closely with its local communities and partner agencies to improve the health of the iconic Lakes region. The first year of the initiative has focussed on maintaining capacity and relationships with regional partners across Gippsland, as well as new on-ground projects that have included:

  • mapping of Seagrass and Saltmarsh in the Gippsland Lakes;
  • the 2021 ‘Great Gippsland Lakes Pelican Count’, delivered through Birdlife Australia;
  • ongoing survey of the threatened Burrunan Dolphin population, delivered through the Marine Mammal Foundation;
  • supporting Friends of Beware Reef Group to undertake aquatic surveys across the Lakes (including updating the species / dive database);
  • mapping vegetation communities across the entire Gippsland Lakes using remote sensing;
  • development of a frog monitoring framework for the Gippsland Lakes (Green and Golden and Growling Grass frogs); and
  • ongoing waterbird surveys across the lakes, delivered through Birdlife Australia.

More information on the great work being undertaken at the lakes is on the Love Our Lakes website.

Protecting Ramsar wetlands

Victoria has twelve wetlands of international importance that are listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Significant actions to protect and improve these special sites this year have included:

  • Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay ‘Beach road elevation project’

Over February to May 2021, the Glenelg Hopkins CMA completed the design phase of an important engineering project to elevate Beach Road, the main access road to the estuary of the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar Site. This is a priority action of the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay Ramsar Site Management Plan and will lead to the improvement of wetland condition, support weed suppression, and provide breeding and feeding habitats for significant species such as the Orange Bellied Parrot, Australasian Bittern and Yarra Pygmy Perch.

More information on the Ramsar site can be found here , or on weed management at the site here .

  • Threatened Plant species within the Gunbower Forest

In Spring 2020, renowned plant ecologist Kate Bennetts together with Traditional Owner Laura Kirby carried out surveys of three threatened plant species in the Gunbower Forest Ramsar site. The presence of these three species signifies that threatened flora Limits of Acceptable Change for the Ramsar site were met in 2020.

  • Rare wader calling Kerang Wetlands home

A survey report produced by Rakali Consulting field ecologist Damien Cook highlights the important role Kerang Wetlands Ramsar site continues to play in providing vital habitat for international visitors, including the critically endangered Curlew Sandpiper. It is important that the Kerang Wetlands Ramsar Site supports the highest quality habitat possible for migratory waders and threatened species including the Curlew Sandpiper. Pest plant and animal control, and vegetation restoration activities undertaken through the Ramsar program by North Central CMA have been vital to ensure high quality habitat is available for migratory waders and threatened species.

  • Barmah Forest Ramsar Site management

Monitoring of critical ‘Components, Processes, and Services (CPS)’ took place for Superb Parrot; Australasian Bittern; River Swamp Wallaby‐grass; Winged Peppercress; and Mueller’s Daisy. Some additional significant plant species encountered were Atriplex spinibractea (Spiny Fruit Salt Bush), Brachyscome readeri (Reader’s Daisy), Brachyscome gracilis (Dookie Daisy), Coronidiiumgunnianum (Pale Swamp Everlasting), Glossostigmadrummondii (Desert Mud-mat), and Minuriaintegerrima (Smooth Minuria).

Woka Wolla works crew (Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation contractors) undertook key management actions to thin Red Gum and Giant Rush in Moira Grass wetlands, spraying Arrowhead in key wetland habitats, and collecting leaf litter samples to determine risk of hypoxic water if the forest floods. The Arthur Rylah Institute also mapped the incursion of Giant Rush and Red Gum on Moira Grass wetlands over time.

The key highlight for this year has been the improved understanding of some threatened plant species, including Atriplex spinibractea , Brachyscome readeri , Brachyscome gracilis , Coronidiiumgunnianum , Glossostigmadrummondii , and Minuriaintegerrima in addition to the already identified CPS taxa – Amphibromusfluitans , Lepidium monoplocoides and Brachyscome muelleri . Knowledge of the population extent of the latter two has been substantially increased, noting that this increase is likely due to favourable growing conditions during 2020. The endangered Atriplex spinibractea is restricted in Victoria to the Barmah Ramsar Site region.

Water Statutory Functions

This major component of the initiative is a core function for CMAs under the Water Act 1989 to protect the health of our waterways. This year, CMAs have processed around 4,800 waterway permits, licences and planning advice/approval actions. Provision of accurate and timely flood advice to the public through this program reduces Victoria’s financial exposure to flooding by hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

During January to June 2021, this initiative also provided project management and training coordination support to the delivery of Working for Victoria through the coordination and training of environmental works crews. For example, in the Corangamite CMA region, a 3.2 km stretch of Hovells Creek has been revegetated by Working for Victoria crews, as the volunteers that were originally planned to assist could not attend due to COVID restrictions.

Citizen Science

This component supports important citizen science programs that focus on waterway health, including EstuaryWatch and Waterwatch Victoria, and a range of other programs monitoring frogs, waterbirds and litter. Highlights so far include:

  • Corangamite CMA and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation field staff completed Waterwatch training in water quality testing over two training days on the Moorabool River during February to March 2021. The water quality training days have been designed to empower staff to continue water quality monitoring at six key cultural sites on the Moorabool, in line with environmental water releases.
  • River Detectives, the educational arm of Waterwatch, is a hands-on citizen science program that supports schoolteachers and leaders to connect young people to their local waterways. During March to May 2021, North Central CMA increased the number of schools participating in Waterwatch along the Campaspe River to 11, with each school participating in monitoring the health of their local waterway and learning more about actions they can take for Victoria’s waterways.
  • West Gippsland CMAs Waterwatch program continued to gain momentum during 2020/21, with the CMA utilising technology to maintain volunteer connection and satisfaction virtually. The Waterwatch program focused to celebrating the long-term efforts of volunteers and express gratitude for the years of service by, the creation of two podcasts highlighting some of the volunteers' efforts. The first celebrating a volunteer’s efforts in 40 years of restoring a wetland and commitment to Waterwatch and Landcare https://media.zencast.fm/gippslandscapes-podcast/30.mp3 . The second focused on Waterwatch Volunteer Groups that had won two ‘Best Friend’ awards for their Friends of Tyers River efforts for the last 15 years https://media.zencast.fm/gippslandscapes-podcast/d2790545-2e2c-4407-8921-922960377016.mp3

On-ground Works and Community Engagement

This component supports CMAs with on-ground delivery of waterway health commitments under the Water Act 1989 , Water for Victoria and the Minister’s annual CMA Letter of Expectations. It also supports CMAs with the delivery of community engagement, participation and awareness activities outlined in the CMA Water Act Statement of Obligations. Highlights so far include;

  • Goulburn Broken CMA have a partnered with Arthur Rylah Institute scientists to produce messages on social media to educate the community on the hazards that rock weirs pose to native fish, particularly restricting their access to refuge pools in times of low or no flow. https://www.facebook.com/gbcma/videos/1346155582414510/
  • Wimmera CMA supported 14 landholders to protect and enhance 114 ha of riparian frontage across 28 sites via the riparian incentives program. The project was delivered in collaboration with Working for Victoria program and saw landholders and participants construct over 39 km of fencing to manage stock access along priority waterways and plant over 20,000 trees to enhance these areas.
  • In July 2020, North Central CMA, commenced the Tullaroop Catchment Restoration Project beginning with a strong commitment by the CMA to collaborate closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Central Highlands Water in the development of an Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP) and delivery of on-ground works to create a healthy, continuous riparian corridor along Birch’s Creek.

State-wide Support: Victorian Waterway Management Program

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is also supporting the renewal of Victoria’s key policy for waterways, the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy . The renewal has now commenced, and initial engagement and foundational work is underway with waterway management authorities and Traditional Owner groups across Victoria.

An Independent Review of the existing Victorian Waterway Management Strategy was completed in May 2021. The review concluded that the Strategy has been an effective and powerful vehicle for driving waterway restoration programs across the State over the last eight years, building on the momentum of the 2002 Victorian River Health Strategy . Addressing past damage to Victoria’s waterways is a long-term commitment and tackling new pressures is a complex and continuing challenge. However, it’s clear that the Strategy has provided a strong state-wide policy framework and platform for regional planning, investment, and on-ground management of waterway health.

In June 2021, the new Rivers and Riparian Action Plan was finalised, and outlines what government is doing to manage Victoria’s waterways over the period 2020-2021 to 2023-2024 ( https://www.water.vic.gov.au/waterways-and-catchments/rivers-and-riparian-action-plan) . It continues the government’s key commitment to improve the health of waterways and riparian land in Victoria. Some of the key waterway health projects under this plan are funded through this initiative.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Under this initiative, a suite of complementary monitoring programs is continuing to support the delivery of Regional Waterway Strategies, evaluate the benefits of investment, inform adaptive management, and improve reporting back to communities. These monitoring programs measured and evaluated responses to management activities including riparian and wetland management, and the delivery of water for the environment.

The Riparian and Wetland Intervention Monitoring Programs are state-wide, long-term intervention monitoring programs that are being implemented to evaluate the effectiveness of riparian and wetland management. These programs will continue to gather and report on data through EC5 as scheduled.

According to the most recent data collected through the Riparian Intervention Monitoring Program , there was evidence of positive changes in a range of indicators associated with six of the eight management objectives when compared to ‘control’ sites where no riparian management was undertaken. For example, after three years of management:

  • Bare ground decreased by ~41% at intervention sites but increased by ~61% at control sites.
  • Organic litter, native vegetation cover and native species richness also increased at intervention sites compared to control sites.
  • All native woody recruits (planted and natural recruits combined) increased by over 1600%, while at control sites they decreased by ~66%.
  • The stem density of native trees or woody shrubs (irrespective of age class) increased at intervention sites by over 600%, while at control sites they decreased by ~42%

While the results pooled across all sites provides encouraging evidence of the benefits of riparian management interventions, the magnitude of the improvements varies, depending on specific site and climatic conditions.

A complementary program of remotely sensed data collection from over 4,000 km of the stream network was established to assess changes in riparian vegetation and river channels. As part of this program, a work-flow was developed to process the raw data into maps and derived metrics of river channel shape and vegetation cover and structure that can be used by CMAs and DELWP to assist planning, guide management, evaluate management outcomes and document environmental change. Initial results have shown that changes in riparian cover, width and height are evident at locations where riparian management has been undertaken. Reporting for this work is being finalised for release.

The Wetland Intervention Monitoring Program was established to inform;

  1. how different grazing regimes influence biodiversity outcomes of wetlands,
  2. what site and landscape factors modify responses to grazing; and
  1. the time frames over which changes occur.

To answer these questions, the program monitors 28 sets of fenced-ungrazed and open-grazed paired plots in temporary freshwater wetlands with different grazing regimes and vegetation communities across four catchment management regions.

Early results after one year of monitoring indicated the influence of grazing treatments on a range of vegetation indicators spanning all management objectives. Monitoring is ongoing through EC5, and responses to grazing regimes are expected to change over time as competitive interactions among species develop and as plant biomass increases and plant litter accumulates.

The Flagship Waterways concept will also continue to be supported through this initiative - a waterway management framework for planning, implementing and communicating long-term waterway management programs. The framework has been implemented at 9 priority waterways across regional Victoria over the past four years. Flagship Waterways are supported by targeted Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) plans aimed at tracking, evaluating and communicating progress towards long-term objectives. Monitoring that is tailored to objectives was developed for each Flagship Waterway project. A consistent MERI approach will mean findings can also be evaluated and reported at a state-wide scale. The Flagship Waterways framework also offered an opportunity to trial approaches to measure social, cultural and economic benefits of waterway management at some locations. The concept will be expanded to a further nine waterways in regional Victoria during EC5.

The first state-wide condition assessment for estuaries was completed under this initiative. The Index of Estuary Condition will help guide state policy and regional investment programs and improve reporting back to communities. Reporting of this work is being finalised and is due to be released in September 2021.

In partnership with the Victorian Fisheries Authority, a Native Fish Report Card Program ( https://www.nativefishreportcard.org.au/ ) was established to monitor the status and trend of native fish populations in priority waterways and report back to communities. The Native Fish Report Card web-portal was developed to communicate the results of this program, which has now been underway for five years. Annual monitoring will continue across nine rivers.

In partnership with DELWP Biodiversity Division and external partners, a comprehensive citizen science-based project has been developed to survey the distribution of aquatic vertebrate species throughout Victoria’s rivers and streams using an innovative technology known as environmental DNA (eDNA).

This project will collect eDNA samples from around 2,000 sites across Victorian rivers and streams and the data will be used to develop and update models which will provide a contemporary representation of the distribution of species analysed. This information will in turn be used to help DELWP and regional waterway managers better understand risks to these species and inform appropriate management effort.

Sampling is expected to rely heavily on citizen scientists, including school students and children, and be undertaken with limited training or experience. To support the sampling program, CMA citizen science coordinators will assist with the volunteer effort via existing Waterwatch, River Detectives and volunteer networks.

Environmental Water

The environmental water component of the initiative invests in regional employment, on ground environmental works, community and Traditional Owner engagement, monitoring to demonstrate and evaluate outcomes, and environmental water management. It also supports the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) to effectively manage over 650 gigalitres (long-term annual average) of Victoria’s environmental water entitlements to deliver shared benefits for the environment and community.

The statewide environmental water program ensures that Victoria’s environmental water is secured and managed to protect the environmental values of waterways now and into the future.

CMA Environmental Water Reserve Officers and Community Engagement

This component will deliver core CMA statutory functions and Ministerial Statement of Obligations, as well as priority on-ground actions outlined in current CMA regional Waterway Strategies, Victorian Government legislation and plans such as Water for Victoria (2016). This year, actions included:

  • Employment of regional environmental water reserve officers (EWROs) across nine CMAs;
  • Grants for environmental water community engagement; and
  • Engaging and involving Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities in environmental water planning and management.

VEWH

VEWH provide services as legislated in the Water Act 1989 to manage environmental water entitlements across all of Victoria, via a mix of operational, technical, communications, engagement and administrative functions. VEWH plan for, manage and report on use of Victoria’s environmental water holdings each year; this includes preparation of the Seasonal Watering Plan, Seasonal Watering Statements, Annual Report, Reflections Annual Watering Booklet and Corporate Plan which are published at: http://www.vewh.vic.gov.au .

Highlights from 2020-21 include:

  • The coordinated delivery of over 650 gigalitres of water for the environment to 87 river reaches (across 39 waterways) and 84 wetlands giving a total of 171 sites across Victoria.
  • Ninety-two percent (i.e. 194 out of 211) of watering actions that were required in 2020-21, were either fully or partially achieved their intended hydrological outcomes.
  • Delivery of a coordinated spring watering event in the Murray system from Lake Hume to the sea; a joint action by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, VEWH, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and South Australian Government with the MDBA as manager of The Living Murray. The event focussed on outcomes in the Murray River channel and supported outcomes at Barmah Forest. A mixed nesting event of 450 straw-necked ibis, Australian white ibis and royal spoonbill, listed as vulnerable in Victoria, occurred in Barmah Forest in early 2021. This was the first successful event observed for these species in the forest for four years. Other species are expected to have bred also; sound recorders picked up calling of Australasian bittern during its nesting season. This species is endangered in Victoria.
  • Watering of high-priority wetlands in the southern Hattah Lakes system in autumn/winter 2021, where more than 27,000 ML of water was delivered to low-lying wetlands to improve the condition of trees, stimulate the growth of aquatic plants, support carbon and nutrient cycles and provide food and habitat for waterbirds.
  • Socio-economic shared benefits were also supported through the delivery and timing of environmental flows across Victoria, including supporting fishing competitions on the Wimmera River, water skiing events on the Loddon River and kayaking on the Thomson River.
  • During 2020-21, waterway managers sought opportunities to increase the involvement of Traditional Owners in environmental water planning, management and monitoring. Examples of this include:
  • Delivering water for the environment for the first time to Annulus Billabong in the Yarra system in spring 2020, and to Lake Leaghur in the Loddon system in autumn-/winter 2021. These events supported cultural values identified by Traditional Owners, vegetation growth and provide habitat and feeding conditions for waterbirds.
  • Supporting values identified by the Taungurung Land and Waters Council at Horseshoe Lagoon in the Goulburn system.
  • Supporting the First People of the Millewa Mallee Aboriginal Corporation's restoration of a site of high cultural significance at Robertson Creek in the lower Mallee.

Monitoring and outcomes

Maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental water use requires clear ecological objectives and an adaptive management framework that includes monitoring the effects and outcomes from environmental watering. The Victorian Environmental Flows Monitoring and Assessment Program (VEFMAP) and the Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment Program for environmental water (WetMAP) are supported by this initiative and have been developed in consultation with DELWP, CMAs, Melbourne Water and VEWH. Both programs were established to investigate ecosystem responses to environmental flows in rivers and wetlands and provide new information to support flow-management decisions.

In 2020-21, the 2016-2020 results from VEFMAP and WetMAP were published. Results from VEFMAP provided the first quantitative evidence that environmental flows can be timed to attract migratory fish species from the ocean and disperse them throughout our coastal rivers. Monitoring in northern Victorian rivers showed water for the environment can be used to enhance key steps in fish life cycles (such as spawning and dispersal) and maintain suitable habitats and food resources for their survival. Results also showed environmental flows can promote growth and recruitment of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants and that baseflows provided by environmental water deliveries are critical for sustaining fringing and emergent river vegetation. Results for WetMAP showed environmental watering events in northern Victorian wetlands led to increased species richness and cover of native vegetation, increased species richness and abundances of waterbirds and frogs, as well as increased production and movement of fish species into and out of wetlands during watering.

In September 2020, a comprehensive planning process commenced to develop VEFMAP and WetMAP monitoring and research projects for 2021-24. Program governance structures were reviewed and updated, and a thorough review of project proposals is currently being conducted by the recently appointed Independent Scientific Review Panel for the programs. Monitoring is planned to begin spring 2021.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan obligations and reporting

Under this initiative, funding is provided for the delivery of Victoria’s environmental watering obligations under the Commonwealth Water Act - Basin Plan (2012). This includes funding for CMA staff to deliver on-ground watering actions, periodic reviews and updates of long-term watering plans (and associated asset-scale planning documents), reporting about the achievement of environmental outcomes at an asset scale (Schedule 12, Matter 8), and the identification of environmental water and the monitoring of its use (Schedule 12, Matter 9).

In 2020-21, Murray-Darling Basin Plan environmental watering obligations were delivered (Chapter 8, Environmental Watering Plan) in partnership with the VEWH and CMAs. This included updating the Wimmera, Northern Victoria and Victorian Murray Long-Term Watering Plans within 12 months after accreditation of the relevant Water Resource Plans, as required under the Basin Plan. Guidelines for Environmental Water Management Plans (EWMPs) have also been updated, to better align with Basin Plan terminology and requirements, and strengthen the requirement for CMAs to partner with Traditional Owners in the development and updating of EWMPs. Annual reporting obligations related to environmental watering under Schedule 12 (parts of Matters 6, 9, 10 and 14) were delivered as required for 2019-20 in October 2020. The first five-yearly reporting for Basin Plan obligations under Schedule 12 Matter 8 was also delivered as required in October 2020. This reporting showed the achievements of environmental outcomes at priority environmental assets across northern Victoria.

Murray Programs

The Murray Programs component will deliver critical activities to support the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project (VMFRP), which helps to meet Victoria’s water recovery obligations under the Basin Plan and to implement Water for Victoria Action 4.11.

In 2020-2021, the project delivered on key components of the VMFRP that are not funded by the Commonwealth, including:

  • project governance arrangements provided oversight and policy advice to the project to ensure delivery, within budget and in compliance with contractual obligations for a capital investment of $320 million;
  • the implementation of a baseline monitoring plan to benchmark current condition of ecological, cultural and socio-economic values across all nine sites prior to construction of environmental infrastructure. This monitoring will be critical to demonstrate outcomes, mitigate risks and inform adaptive management. It will also contribute to meeting state reporting obligations under the Basin Plan, which sit outside the VMFRP.
  • Initial engagement with Traditional Owners to develop a comprehensive, genuine and effective Traditional Owners (TO) partnership program.

Integrated Catchment Management, including Regional Catchment Strategies

The Our Catchments, Our Communities program is strengthening CMAs to lead integrated catchment management (ICM) and catchment stewardship in partnership with the community and Traditional Owners.

State-wide Catchment Stewardship Program

In 2020-21 DELWP has driven the following new statewide initiatives through the program:

  • The development of a new Ministerial policy statement, Our Catchments, Our Communities Building on the Legacy for Better Stewardship - Our Catchments, Our Communities (water.vic.gov.au) . The statement builds on the successes of the first state-wide integrated catchment strategy for Victoria and promotes catchment stewardship through ten new regional catchment strategies; on-ground place-based projects; enhanced catchment partnerships; and aligning with Traditional Owners aspirations for Country.
  • The development of a Dryland Rural Drainage Resource Kit for Landholders - Final-DRD-Resource-Kit-for-Landholders-2021.pdf (water.vic.gov.au) . The kit provides tools and information landholders need to understand their options for managing dryland rural drainage.
  • A new DELWP Output Data Standard - Output data standard (water.vic.gov.au) . The Standards describe the minimum information requirements for reporting on the most common goods and services (i.e. outputs) that DELWP purchases through its range of investment programs.

In 2020-21 the regional program delivered the following:

  • development of ten new regional catchment strategies identifying long-term regional natural resource outcomes by CMAs in partnership with their communities
  • maintenance and strengthening of regional partnerships including implementation of CMA Catchment Partnership Agreements
  • Wimmera, Mallee, East Gippsland and North Central CMAs commenced delivering 272ha of on-ground works contributing to the number of hectares under catchment stewardship to improve the health and resilience of landscapes across Victoria.
  • 8.52km of fencing and 2 troughs installed to enhance stewardship efforts
  • 3.52km trail established to improve recreational, cultural and social access for the community along the Wimmera River.
  • CMAs delivered engagement events to 3,726 participants for the purpose of renewed RCS development, maintaining more than 50 regional partnerships, developing landscape scale catchment stewardship projects and building capacity with partners, Traditional Owners and the community.
  • 32 publications, plans and strategies to guide and promote integrated catchment management across the state.
  • 20 assessments undertaken to assess cultural heritage, social values, invasive species and properties ready for stewardship delivery, and the development of 7 management agreements in the Wimmera, Goulburn Broken, Mallee and East Gippsland regions.

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