Victoria has led the way in Australia on a cooperative approach to managing our land and water resources.  Victoria’s integrated catchment management framework prescribes how the government, CMAs and other regional partners work together with the community to manage our water, land and biodiversity on a catchment-wide basis.

Water for Victoria commits $22 million in to strengthen integrated catchment management across Victoria and ensure the continued success of the framework.  Our catchments are facing significant pressures from climate change and population growth. The strengthening of our integrated catchment management framework will help ensure our catchments and waterways remain healthy and liveable in the future.

Catchments cover the entire area of land where rain and water runs through and then flows into a creek, river, lake, wetland, dam or the ocean. 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.

Victoria’s catchment management framework focuses on cooperation and coordination between individuals and organisations, so that local issues can be identified and as far as possible dealt with by people living in the catchment.  

Many people and organisations have been involved in managing our catchments since 1997, and will continue to do so in the future. On the 20th Anniversary of integrated catchment management in Victoria we thank them for their contributions large and small.

There are many ways the community can get involved in catchment management. Contact your local CMA to find out how you can take part.

Catchment conversations

We’re recognising the people that help keep our waterways and catchments healthy:

Angus Hume

Angus Hume of the Victorian Catchment Management Council reflects on 20 years of integrated catchment management in Victoria.

Cr Adrian Weston

Cr Adrian Weston, Mayor of Campaspe Shire, speaking from the site of a restored wetland on his property, takes us through his farming and natural resource management journey.

Patricia Geraghty

Patricia Geraghty, Executive Officer at Victorian Catchment Management Council, provides an overview of what catchments are and how we manage them.

Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, reflects on the way the Dja Dja Wurrungs involvement in natural resource management has changed over 20 years.

Kate Brunt

Kate Brunt, Regional Catchment Strategy Implementation Manager at Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority reflects on her journey working to improve the health of our waterways and catchments.

Christine Forster AM

Christine Forster AM, former Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, reflects on the 20th anniversary of integrated catchment management in Victoria.

Page last updated: 17/12/19