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Community Effort Rewarded

Monday 21 July, 2008
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has just won the most prestigious environmental award in Australia, the Banksia Award.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has just won the most prestigious environmental award in Australia, the Banksia Award.

This national award acknowledges excellence, dedication and leadership in various areas that contribute to the environment and a sustainable future.

Chair of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Dr Huw Davies said this recognition reflects the contribution and results of the community in delivering key initiatives from within the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

"The effort and results have been extraordinary and we are extremely proud of our achievements.'

"The results are outstanding in terms of environmental, social and economic gains with the key achievements including over 150km of river frontage protected, fish migration extended by 400km, 4500ML saved through water savings and an additional 44GL of water savings planned," said Dr Davies.

The Banksia Award reflects those issues most relevant to today's Australian in the ecological sustainability arenas and the GB CMA's "Vision for the Broken River Basin:" project is the winner in the 2008 Water award category.

Landowners, farmers working in the Drought Employment Program, councils, Goulburn-Murray Water and other government depart¬ments were involved.

The project included fencing of river frontage and planting of native vegetation along water¬ways, as well as savings associated with the Tungamah pipeline.

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