Local Government

Local councils are key partners in achieving the goals of the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy.

Councils are well aware of the profound effect on our local community's environmental, economic and social well-being caused by salinity, water quality, river health, biodiversity, watertable and surface water management, greenhouse and climate change.

In fact, much of the community support to develop a regional strategy came through councils, which had realised a catchment approach was necessary to confront the many environmental challenges.

For example:

  • Councils, in conjunction with the GB CMA, employ a full-time Municipal Catchment Coordinator to ensure their policies and activities are consistent with the catchment strategy.
  • Delegates from councils represent their communities on the CMA board and on a host of working groups and committees, identifying local issues and helping set the goals and priorities for environmental management throughout the catchment.
  • Planning overlays, developed through the CMA, protect the community from investing in unsuitable areas, such as on land which is flood-prone or of high conservation value.
  • Using the catchment strategy as a base, most councils develop their own environmental plans covering a host of urban and rural environmental issues, including land capability and biodiversity mapping, stormwater and waste water management plans, remnant vegetation and riparian land management, recycling, industrial waste, litter, greenhouse and climate change.

Follow the links on this page to see details of each municipality's policies and activities in environmental resource management.