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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
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
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You are invited to contribute to land, water and environment plan

Mar 31, 2021

 
The Wimmera RCS includes recommendations
to ensure the long-term health of the
river for future generations like Jonny,
who spends all his spare time
fishing in the Wimmera River.
 
Zoe Crouch in BarleyThe Wimmera has a vibrant and thriving
agricultural industry with family’s
like Zoe Crouch’s farming sustainably
and profitably. The Wimmera RCS includes
a vision for healthy Wimmera soils to
support productive agriculture and a
functioning natural environment.
 
Red-Tail Black CockatooThe Wimmera RCS includes actions to
preserve the region’s biodiversity
and ensure the long-term survival of
iconic and endangered species including
the South-eastern Red-tailed Black
Cockatoo, platypus and Malleefowl.
 
Keeya inspects natureKeeya enjoys bushwalking in the Wimmera,
which is a biodiversity hotspot that
includes the Grampians Gariwerd and
Little Desert national parks.

The consultation period has now closed to provide feedback on the draft Wimmera Catchment Strategy 2021-27.

Wimmera CMA is inviting people with an interest in the long-term health of the region’s land, water and environment to review a blueprint for action for the next 20 years.

The draft Wimmera Regional Catchment Strategy 2021-2027 is open for public comment until May 3, 2021. All 10 CMAs across Victoria are reviewing their regional catchment strategies.

The Wimmera strategy considers how to best work together to create a ‘healthy’ catchment that supports agriculture, tourism and recreation.

It brings together the vision and priorities of the First Nations People, Local Government, Landcare and farming groups and the broader community.

Wimmera CMA Chair Peter Hilbig said regional catchment strategies were the cornerstone of an integrated approach to regional planning and action.

“Land, water and biodiversity are all part of connected systems. To successfully achieve environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes, each CMA is going to their community to ensure individual strategies reflect community values and priorities at the local level,” Mr Hilbig said.  

“We encourage the Wimmera community to review the draft document and provide us with their views.”

Mr Hilbig said the strategy mapped out values and priorities in context of state and federal legislation, policies and programs. Key themes are water, land, biodiversity and community.

“It’s vital for everyone to work together for the ongoing improvement of our catchment, at both a practical and strategic level, and this document is an important guide for integrated regional projects.”

The strategy aims to improve rural and regional liveability and community wellbeing, address the challenges of climate change and to ensure the Wimmera is at the forefront of innovation.