The strategy confirms the Victorian Government's commitment to managing our catchments to benefit our environment, our community, and our economy. It focuses on how we manage our natural resources by ensuring catchment management partners work better together. It complements Victoria's new directions for biodiversity and climate change, and supports implementation of chapter 3 of Water for Victoria.
The strategy Our Catchments, Our Communities is accessible here:
Our vision and goals
The strategy aim is:
“Healthy, sustainable and productive land, water and biodiversity maintained through integrated catchment management that is strongly community based, regionally focused and collaborative.”
Through Our Catchments, Our Communities, we will work towards:
- Effective community engagement in catchment management;
- Better connections between state, regional and local planning;
- Strengthened implementation of regional catchment strategies;
- Clearer roles, strengthened accountability and co-ordination; and
- Improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
The Victorian Government provided $22 million over the next four years to implement Our Catchments, Our Communities, ensuring our approach to catchment management is ready for future environmental and economic challenges and opportunities.
State and regional partners and community networks will be involved in its implementation, along with DELWP and CMAs. Through this partner approach, the strategy will strengthen partnerships through co-ordinated planning, investment, and on-ground activities.
Over the course of the strategy, CMAs and their regional partners and communities will deliver integrated catchment management projects across Victoria.
Showcasing integrated catchment management
Our Catchments, Our Communities includes case studies that describe numerous programs and activities that are already working to strengthen integrated catchment management and improve the condition of our catchments.
If you have any questions about the strategy and its implementation, please contact OurCatchments.OurCommunities@delwp.vic.gov.au