Call goes out for innovative natural resource management projects

By Administrator
Community groups with innovative ideas on ways to protect and improve the Goulburn Broken Catchment’s natural resources are invited to apply for funding through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) annual Expression of Interest (EOI) process

Goulburn Broken CMA CEO Chris Norman said during the past 15 years the Goulburn Broken CMA had successfully secured funding for a range of activities that improved the resilience of the Catchment’s water, land, biodiversity and people. 

“The Goulburn Broken CMA bids for and receives funding, primarily from the Victorian and Australian governments, to undertake and co-ordinate natural resource management activities that help achieve the objectives of the Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS),” Mr Norman said.

The RCS guides efforts for the next five years and beyond to protect and improve the Catchment’s natural environment.

“The EOI process enables the CMA to align projects with RCS priorities and helps to co-ordinate and match the ideas of organisations and community groups with government funding availability,” Mr Norman said. “The annual EOI call process also recognises that the community is best placed to identify any new NRM issues, priorities and approaches as they emerge.”

Mr Norman encouraged interested groups to read the full 2015-16 Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority EOI Priorities and Guidelines Document, which is now available on the website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au

“The document details the priorities for activities in the four key areas of biodiversity, land health, water and people, and links to further useful information and lists contacts for staff who can help develop an EOI bid, ” he said.

Mr Norman stressed it was important for groups to be aware that there was no guarantee of project funding.

“While the Goulburn Broken CMA has a good track record in securing funds, there is always a tension between the number of good ideas to address priorities and the funding available,” he said.

The closing date for EOI’s will be Friday 23rd January 2015.  All forms and lodgement details will be available on the website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au  or phone 5822 7700 for more information.