Water for YOUR environment

Community involvement in decisions concerning water for the environment is important to Wimmera CMA. You can get involved by telling us about what you are seeing or experiencing in the catchment or what community events you have planned that involve waterways.

The CMA applies a conservative, outcome-driven approach to using water for the environment, and the community is integral to getting the balance right. We encourage people and groups to have input on these decisions surrounding water for the environment, be it through organised community events or direct conversations.

Over the next 12 months, we are continuing low flows when needed to connect water to refuge pools and higher flows over shorter periods, ‘freshes’, to promote breeding opportunities for fish, improve water quality and support community needs.


Let us know about the big fish you have just caught, your boating or paddling adventures or the wildlife around Wimmera waterways by:

We also welcome you to contact us to have a chat, either over the phone or face to face. 


Flows have started in the Wimmera River, MacKenzie River and Burnt Creek to meet environmental objectives. These include maintaining habitat for native fish, our fragile platypus population and all sorts of curious and important waterbugs and aquatic vegetation.


A Wimmera CMA project aiming to secure and extend River Blackfish populations in the Wimmera catchment is underway. The project is exploring a catch-and-release translocation program with Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. It is in response to the fish, traditionally known as Wirrap, all but disappearing in parts of the Wimmera’s upper catchment during the Millennium Drought.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across the region and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images of people who have died.