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CMA release Regional Catchment Strategy to the public to edit

Friday 27 July, 2012
In a first for the Goulburn Broken Catchment, the Regional Catchment Strategy is now available for real time online editing using Wiki (web-based) technology.  The Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) sets the direction for managing land, water and biodiversity within the Catchment.

In a first for the Goulburn Broken Catchment, the Regional Catchment Strategy is now available for real time online editing using Wiki (web-based) technology.  The Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) sets the direction for managing land, water and biodiversity within the Catchment.

The aim is to achieve long-term resilience of the Catchment's natural assets so that they can continue to provide their abundant environmental, social and economic benefits.

"A critical part of our RCS renewal is communication and engagement.  We are collaborating with stakeholders and the community to write this RCS using new online technologies as well as existing engagement methods." explains Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) CEO, Mr Chris Norman.

"Our WeConnect.gbcma.vic.gov.au website can be used to obtain RCS updates, access documents relevant to the RCS, comment on the RCS itself, and in a first for the Goulburn Broken Catchment the public can register and actually contribute to writing the RCS" says Mr Norman.

The Regional Catchment Strategy Manager Helen Murdoch has been working hard to ensure this Regional Catchment Strategy is accessible to all.

"As part of an open and transparent engagement process our Regional Catchment Strategy will be available from 23 July - 3 August 2012 for the public to view and edit the document online in real time" explains Mrs Murdoch.

After the 3 August 2012, the full RCS draft will be available for review and comment for four weeks to allow the various government agencies and different organisations to review and comment on a static version.

"After the 3rd of August, the full RCS draft will only be available to review and comment.  During this time people can still view the Strategy draft online or they can download or request an electronic or printed copy from the Goulburn Broken CMA," describes Mrs Murdoch, "We are also happy to provide a printed hard copy version to the public upon request for traditional review and comment". "We aim to offer a variety of ways for members of the public to view and have their say on the future of natural resource management in the Goulburn Broken Catchment and we are very excited about using this technology to enable the public to have a greater say" says Mr Norman.

For more information on the WeConnect site or to request a copy of the Regional catchment Strategy please contact the Goulburn Broken CMA on 03 5820 1100 or via email reception@gbcma.vic.gov.au

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