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Wimmera CMA

Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)

What is a Catchment Management Authority?

What is catchment management?

Catchment management is balancing the use and conservation of natural resources on a whole of catchment basis. Catchment management is achieved through the combined efforts of the community, government and non-government organisations working together towards common and sustainable targets to achieve this balance.

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Victoria has a strong integrated catchment management system established under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act). Under the CaLP Act, Victoria is divided into 9 catchment regions, with a Catchment Management Authority (CMA) established for each region.

There are six principles that govern catchment management:

  1. Sustainable Development
    Victoria’s whole of catchment approach to natural resource management seeks to deliver social, economic, and environmental outcomes for the community and reduce our ecological footprint.
  2. Community Empowerment
    Catchment management is a partnership between community and Government. Planning and implementation of natural resource management programs should maximise opportunities for community engagement.    
  3. Integrated Management
    Management of natural resources should recognise the linkages between land and water and that the management of one component can effect another.
  4. Targeted Investment
    Government and community need to ensure that resources are targeted to address priorities and deliver maximum on-ground benefits.
  5. Accountability
    Those making decisions on natural resource management, should be clearly accountable to Government and the community, both in a financial sense and for biophysical outcomes.
  6. Administrative Efficiency
    To maximise on-ground results, catchment management structures should facilitate more efficient procedures and practices.

The Victorian Government established the Wimmera CMA in July 1997 as the peak natural resource management body, in the Wimmera, to develop and oversee the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy in an integrated and sustainable manner.

Wimmera CMA works in partnership with the Wimmera community and a range of organisations and stakeholders to protect and enhance the condition of the region’s natural resources.

The prime responsibilities of Wimmera CMA are the health of land and water in the catchment region and promoting sustainable and productive land use practices. This is achieved through local programs that identify and address improvements in the region’s natural assets.

Wimmera CMA has responsibilities under the CaLP Act 1994 with respect to pests, plants and animals, and land management. Wimmera CMA has statutory functions under the Water Act 1989 with respect to waterway, floodplain, and regional drainage management.

Statutory Functions
Wimmera CMA is directly accountable under the Water Act 1989 for licensing works on waterways and planning referrals on floodplains. The Authority also provides advice and information on other river health related issues including comment on farm dam applications, and input to wider environmental strategies.

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