All Media Releases

All past media releases from Goulburn Broken CMA, listed chronologically.
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Murray Cod and Golden Perch to Benefit from Flow and Habitat Funding

Tuesday 1 March 2005
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA), together with the community and partnership agencies, are the major beneficiaries  of a recent $940,000 State Government funding initiative.     Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Elaine Carbines today announced the funding to implement large scale river restoration as part of the Government’s long term commitment to improve the health of Victorian rivers and streams.      The announcement was made by Ms Carbines as she inspected riparian (river bank and floodplain) projects along the length of the Broken River – the focus of river health works complementing the Government’s water recovery works program.     “Rivers are the lifeblood of Victoria ,” Ms Carbines said. “They provide vital water for our homes, towns, farms and businesses.  Improving the health of our rivers in order to secure water for Victoria ’s future is one of the key objectives of the Government’s Our Water Our Future action plan.”       “This region has developed an integrated program of activities aimed at improving the health of the Broken and lower Goulburn Rivers. This is being achieved through increased and more natural flows, improved native fish habitat and migration in the Broken River and restoring Winton wetlands as a natural asset for the local community.”     GBCMA Chairman Stephen Mills was  pleased  to receive the funding on behalf of the community. “This investment is particularly significant,” Mr Mills said.  “It will support a comprehensive range of river health works in the Broken Valley including works on channel form, water quality, riparian (river bank and floodplain) vegetation and in-stream habitat and improved environmental flow.”      “In partnership with the local community, we are in the position to implement some of Australia ’s first fully-integrated river health activities by complementing Victoria ’s water recovery work in the region.”   End   For further information contact:   Wayne Tennant Manager - Riverine Strategies, Adaptive Research River Health and Water Quality Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

Waterway Grant Adds Up

Monday 21 February 2005
For Geoff Everist, the numbers all add up.    Since moving onto his 250 hectare grazing and cropping property in Arcadia a decade ago, CMA Waterway Grants haven’t just made sense environmentally - they’ve literally made cents financially.    When Geoff heard about the grants through his local Landcare group in 2000 he made an application through the Goulburn Broken CMA (GBCMA). After receiving approval, Geoff and the GBCMA then took the first of many steps that has helped him restore fencing and vegetation along what was a partially eroded and bare anabranch of the Seven Creeks.    “Firstly, we planted trees that linked into a native bush area, so birds could fly through the plantation into this area.” Then, in 2001, Geoff established off-creek water troughs and fenced off the anabranch to help keep stock out and manage revegetation of the bank. With the replenishment of the native grasses and trees, Geoff now manages his grazing in the fenced-off area to control weeds but ensures no damage to the trees.   The hardest part, according to Geoff, was locking away land for the works. But, he maintains, after looking at how much money he could save on fencing, the concept became a lot more attractive. The CMA provides grants for fencing, off-stream watering and revegetation adjacent to priority rivers and streams. The grants increase in value the further from the stream the landholder is prepared to fence (a minimum of 10 meters), but, generally, the grants exceed 50% of the fencing costs and can go up to a maximum of 75%.   Further to cost savings on fencing, Geoff believes the recent CMA works have increased the value of his property. This belief is supported by local property valuer and consultant David McKenzie from the Hann McKenzie Group. “Generally, fenced-off water frontage is not as valuable as land with direct access to water – that’s what people love. However, there is no question that if the frontage is degraded, then fencing and remediation works would certainly be of significant benefit.”    For more information  about Goulburn Broken CMA Waterway Grants phone 5822 2288 or visit    Release ends

Facelift for Ford Creek

Tuesday 8 February 2005
Thanks to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA), Ford Creek has been subject to more cosmetic surgery than a Hollywood celebrity in recent years. Unlike the plastic alternative, this surgery isn’t just about  keeping up appearances – it will lead to long term improvements in water quality and biodiversity.

Farmer sees fruits of waterway labour

Tuesday 8 February 2005
  When Ron Robinson moved onto his Wunghnu property in 1980, he faced a remarkably different Nine Mile Creek to the one he enjoys today. Most native vegetation on the banks had been cleared, his stock had access to the creek for watering, and the property was rarely frequented by native animals.

Have Your Say on Goulburn River Plans

Friday 28 January 2005
  The future management of the Goulburn River between Shepparton and Murchison will be discussed at a public meeting.   The meeting has been convened by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to outline the results of a study by Earth Tech investigating issues such as erosion, stock damage, weed invasion, fish passage, water quality and litter along the stretch of river.   The results have been collated in a Waterway Health Activity Plan that will be outlined at the meeting.   Project Manager, Sue Botting, of Goulburn Broken CMA said the meeting would give community members the chance to comment on recommendations in the Plan before they were finalised.   She said the recommendations would form the basis for investment and works for this stretch of the Goulburn by the Goulburn Broken CMA and its partners.   Sue Botting urged community members to take the chance to have input into future management of the heritage river. She said community support was important as most of the river frontage along the river between Shepparton and Murchison was managed by private landowners.   The Goulburn Broken CMA has received funding from the Victorian Government to undertaken the activity plan.   The public meeting will be held on Wednesday February 16, at 7pm, at the Murchison Community Hall. For more information telephone Sue Botting at the Goulburn Broken CMA on (03) 58 222288.   Release ends

Goulburn Broken CMA Seeks Expression of Interest for natural resource management projects in 2005-06

Monday 4 October 2004
The Goulburn Broken CMA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community groups and organisations for natural resource management projects in the Goulburn Broken Catchment for 2005/06.

Community Presentation on Gowangardie Weir Study

Tuesday 7 September 2004
A community meeting will be held to present the findings of a study into the environmental, social and economic impacts of proposed changes to Gowangardie Weir.

Rubbish Dumping Condemned

Thursday 12 August 2004
The dumping of rubbish including dead livestock near Euroa has raised the ire of Strathbogie Shire Councillor and Goulburn Broken CMA Board member Mick Williams.

Community embraces irrigation planning

Friday 30 July 2004
The enthusiasm of participants has seen extra meetings planned as part of the project looing into the future of irrigation in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

Benalla in Focus

Monday 21 June 2004
Landholders in the Benalla and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to discuss land management issues at a free Community Forum in Benalla next month.

Locals support Land Forum

Thursday 17 June 2004

Reveg grant for local family

Thursday 17 June 2004

Local Weed Forum for Murrindindi.

Wednesday 2 June 2004
A Community Forum to focus on local weeds management issues will be held at the Molesworth Hotel on June 16th.

People share vision for future of region

Thursday 20 May 2004
Ninety people have participated in the first round of workshops looking at the future of irrigation in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

Kids love Salty Sports

Tuesday 11 May 2004
National Salt Week activities started with a Salty Sports Day held at Longwood on Monday.
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