North Central CMA and Coliban Water are working in partnership to deliver the Upper Coliban Integrated Catchment Management Plan which aims to manage the impacts of land use on water supply. The partnership provides significant leveraging to deliver key actions in the plan with Coliban Water’s Water Pricing Submission approved by the Essential Services Commission in June 2018. They have secured funding of approximately $350,000 per year, for the next five years.

To date, the Tylden, Malmsbury and Trentham Landcare groups have received grants from North Central CMA under Our Catchments, Our Communities to provide revegetation, weed control and fencing works on the southwest portion of the Campaspe River Basin.

Tylden Primary School students, parents and staff planted a number of indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses along the Little Coliban River to improve vegetation. The planting was organised by the Tylden Landcare Group to rehabilitate and protect the river to ensure a clean supply of water in the future.

Landholders at Little Coliban River surrounded by revegetation.

Little Coliban project: Landholders Craig and Gill Gauder at their revegetation area.
Photo credit: North Central CMA.

Connecting Country has also been engaged to conduct property planning with local landholders. A trial has been completed, with processes and templates in place.

The central Victorian towns of Kyneton, Castlemaine and Bendigo rely on the Upper Coliban catchment for their drinking water supply. This project aims to improve the quality of water from the catchment and secure the future supply by implementing the Upper Coliban Integrated Catchment Management Plan.


North Central CMA, Coliban Water, Goulburn-Murray Water, Tylden Landcare Group, Malmsbury Landcare Group, Trentham Landcare Group, Trust for Nature, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Connecting Country and Agriculture Victoria.

below: Little Coliban River

A stretch of Coliban River with weeds and no fencing
There are very few cases of water corporations investing in catchment works on this scale. The memorandum of understanding between Coliban Water and North Central CMA was one of the key platforms to build the case.
Barry Floyd, Coliban Water

Page last updated: 28/04/22