Wimmera CMA is always looking for ways to educate the community and next generation about natural resource management in our catchment.
We try to work with the primary and secondary schools in educating the younger community as well as holding seminars and conferences open to the wider public.
Together with the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria (GTAV), Wimmera CMA have developed 2 Case Study Resources lesson plans for Year 7 Geography teachers and students.
You can find out more about GTAV resources or information at
Water is not only vital for life, but also has economical, recreational, spiritual and aesthetic importance. As our climate continues to change, water availability is becoming less predictable and extreme weather events such as drought and floods continue to impact people and places. It is the role of Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) to plan and coordinate the management of environmental values within their region. This includes protecting waterways, biodiversity and the land surrounding the catchments.
In this resource, the Wimmera is used as a case study to explore the following ideas:
- how water moves between and connects places,
- water scarcity in regional areas and how this is managed through environmental flows,
- the spiritual connection and local history of First Nations Peoples, and
- the impact of hydrological hazards over time in the region.
Opportunities to practise foundational geographical mapping and geospatial skills are presented throughout each of the 5 lessons.
Many important geographical skills and concepts are covered in this case study. Students will use geospatial technology on multiple occasions. The final three lessons are based around fieldwork in Horsham with pre and post-fieldwork activities, including the writing of a fieldwork report. A teacher plan is included which outlines differentiated learning options and extra resources available.
In this regional case study, students will gain an understanding of place and liveability and assess the factors which can affect liveability in the Wimmera Region.
They will explore the importance of both natural and human environments with a focus on the role of water resources in the Wimmera region and how liveability can be improved.
Teacher Plan Place and Liveability PDF, 965 KB
Lesson 1 What is Liveability PDF, 1.0 MB
Lesson 2 Natural features of the Wimmera region PDF, 788 KB
Lesson 3 Liveability Human environment PDF, 605 KB
Lesson 4 Liveability Natural Environment PDF, 786 KB
Lesson 5 Threats to water resources PDF, 1.0 MB
Lesson 6 Improving liveability PDF, 722 KB
Fieldwork Lessons 7-9
Lesson 7 Fieldwork preparation PDF, 570 KB
Lesson 8 Fieldwork activities PDF, 821 KB
Lesson 9 Field Report PDF, 456 KB
If you would like to find more resources or information see the GTAV website lesson Place and Liveability