Community Engagement Advisory Groups

Community Engagement Advisory Groups across our catchment provide advice and feedback on the challenges and opportunities for natural resource management.

About Community Engagement Advisory Groups

 The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is a statutory authority established by the Victorian Government to coordinate land, water and biodiversity management in the region. The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority was constituted on 1st July 1997 under the provisions of the Water Act 1989 and the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. The Authority was established as the peak natural resource management body in the Catchment to develop and oversee the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy.

To assist it in this task, the Authority used the provisions of Section 19J of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, to initially establish geographically based Implementation Committees. The Implementation Committee structure was reviewed in 2010/11 in recognition of the changing environment that CMAs were now operating in. As an outcome of this review, a new revitalised community engagement approach was adopted by the Goulburn Broken CMA Board in August 2011.

This renewed approach will utilize existing and new community engagement structures to support the delivery of the three Goulburn Broken CMA Programs plus a 'Whole of Catchment' community forum to advise Board/CEO/Management (at agreed periods during the year). The three CMA delivery Programs are:

  • Sustainable Irrigation,
  • Land and Biodiversity, and
  • River & Wetland Health and Floodplain Management.

A range of community engagement structures will be adopted by each Goulburn Broken CMA Program to meet its programs and/or project needs. These will be broadly based on the following types of structures;

  • High-level coordination/reference groups
  • Program advisory groups
  • Project steering groups (including working groups)
  • Other (Landcare Groups/Conservation Management Networks)

To maximise the engagement of the communities within the catchment the Groups may form, with input from Management, working groups to assist in the development of sub-catchment strategies identifying priorities and program directions.

Land and Biodiversity Program

This program seeks to ensure that the catchment has healthy and resilient ecosystems through an actively involved and inspired community practicing sustainable land management.

River & Wetland Health and Floodplain Management Program

This program seeks to ensure that catchment has healthy rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains and adjacent land that support a vibrant range and abundance of natural environments, provides water for human use, sustains our native flora and fauna and provides for our social, economic and cultural values.

Sustainable Irrigation Program

This program seeks to achieve the long term protection and prosperity of irrigated land and environmental features within the Catchment.

Community Engagement Advisory Groups Information