Ray Thomas has been awarded the Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year for 2009.
L-R: Lyndall Ash, Department of Primary Industries; Natalie Dean, Murray Darling Basin Authority; Mark Turner, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.
Splash: Hamish Crawford with the flow from the groundwater pump, which helps keep groundwater levels in check. Photo: Shepparton News
Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project will be represented this week at the Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge conference in Swan Hill.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has been successful in receiving funds from the Victorian Water Trust to undertake an integrated river management program along the lower reaches of the Sunday and Sugarloaf Creeks.
North Eastern Victorians are encouraged to pick up the latest wildflower identification brochures produced by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).
Ken Sampson, affectionately known as ‘Sambo' was a work colleague and friend of many in the Goulburn Valley. Sadly, Ken passed away on Thursday 8th October 2009. His passing was both sudden and unexpected.Ken's earliest forays into agriculture were spent in Kerang, training in irrigated agriculture followed by several years in Swan Hill as an Extension and Applied Research Officer.This was followed by a stint as Principal Advisory and Senior Project Officer for the Indo-Australian Cattle ...
The Goulburn Broken CMA is offering landholders an $8 subsidy per meter for fencing along waterways burnt in the February 2009 fires. Riparian land is critically important to river health, for soil stability, sediment and nutrient capture, as well as providing food and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. River Health Team Leader for the Upper Goulburn Area, Christine Glassford, advises that "Recovery of vegetation along stream frontages following fire is even more crucial, given surface runoff is higher and faster, with greater capacity to move more soil and debris. Riparian land requires urgent protection to permit it time to recover unimpeded by impacts of stock."
Doctors Swamp: 4 hours after opening regulator.Doctors Swamp: Regulator 4 hours after opening.
Six weeks after the devastating Black Saturday Bush Fires the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network took on the role of coordinating volunteer support to help out the fire-affected communities. This network has 18 groups and 6 of them were burnt out including Kinglake, Strath Creek, Flowerdale, Cereberus Creek, Marysville and Yea River.
A recent study into fish populations of the lower Goulburn River has shown a diverse range of native fish exists. Although Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii) are the most abundant large-bodied native species in the lower Goulburn River, few exceed the minimum legal size, now 600mm.
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has continued its substantial financial support for the Second Generation Landcare program for the 2009/2010 financial year allocating $429,716 to a number of key projects across the catchment.
The full transition to the Australian Government "Caring for Our Country" natural resource management funding program is now being felt across the state. This is especially affecting the delivery of traditional facilitator/coordinator support to grass roots Landcare groups. Recent commentary from around the state has seen a number of positions lost or redirected to other programs.
Shepparton Irrigation Region Implementation Committee put 10 questions to the Chairperson of the SIRIC about catchment management and his commitment to making a difference. The plan (the Catchment Implementation Strategy) was originally based on solving problems caused by too much water. How relevant is it now, in this period of prolonged drought?PG: The salinity problem hasn't gone away. It may not be obvious but it is still a huge issue for us. The Victorian Government has just finished revie...