Community values waterways and wetlands for recreational use

Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Dropping a line and a day out boating on our waterways are highly valued pastimes, according to early results from a community survey currently being conducted by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

Goulburn Broken CMA River Health Manager Wayne Tennant said the survey results would be used to help develop the new Regional Waterway Management Strategy.

 “Community input is being sought to help shape the future management of rivers and wetlands in the Goulburn Broken catchment,” Mr Tennant said.

Toolamba’s Shayne Tolley, a keen recreational fisherman, has completed the survey and said he enjoyed boating and fishing on the Goulburn and other waterways in the region.

“We need to look after our rivers and native fish so that the next generation can also enjoy the same experiences we do,” Mr Tolley said.

Mr Tennant said Mr Tolley’s comments reflected the results from the survey so far.

”Results to date show that our rivers are highly valued for recreational opportunities – such as  boating, swimming, walking, camping and picnics - for providing habitat for native plants and animals, visual amenity and for general enjoyment,” he said.

“While it’s early days yet, the information from the survey is providing a picture of how the community value waterways and what they see as the threats and possible management actions.

“I would encourage people who are interested in providing input and support for the management of rivers and wetlands to contribute to the online survey, which is due to close mid-March 2013.”

To contribute to the development of the Regional Waterway Management Strategy, please complete the Strategy Questionnaire at:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPGZ2PH

To keep updated on the progress of the strategy go to:  http://weconnect.gbcma.vic.gov.au/