Awarded annually until 2020, the grants provide funding to early and mid-career individuals to develop their leadership skills, tackle big challenges, and make an impact in the field of natural resource and catchment management.

The grants support the Victorian Government's commitment to diversity and innovation in water and catchment management in line with Water for Victoria. All of our grant recipients are listed below. Click their names to learn more about some of the things they've been able to achieve with their grants.

Minister for Water, Lisa Neville (far right) and Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, Angus Hume (far left) congratulate the 2017 OCOC grant recipients: (L-R) Tarlina Gardiner accepting on behalf of Bill Nicholson, Marilyne Nicholls, Sarah Halligan and Jaclyne Scally.

2018 recipients

2017 recipients

Sarah Halligan: Sustainable Land Management Coordinator, Port Phillip & Westernport CMA

Sarah undertook a leadership coaching course to build her skills to assist the development of the Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WiSA) leadership group founded in 2016

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Jaclyne Scally: Board member Great Ocean Road Coast Committee; Founding member, Ocean Grove Coastcare group

Jaclyne undertook a study tour through Australia and New Zealand, learning about innovative management approaches that achieve positive outcomes for the environment and private landholders in Victoria’s estuarine environments.

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Marilyne Nicholls: Water Project Officer; Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises

Marilyn undertook training in wetland ecology and management and received cultural mentorship from senior Traditional Owner community leaders with experience in cultural waterway management.

Bill Nicholson: Education Manager, Wurundjeri Council

Bill attended a fire workshop in Cape York to build cultural knowledge to support him in his role as an Elder, particularly on fire, ecology, and catchment management issues.