Waterway Program Implementation & Incentives

The Waterways program is one of the two operational Roles of the Authority (the other being in Floodplain Management). The Implementation or Waterway Program oversees river health and water quality research, monitoring and implementation activities in the catchment.


Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's Waterway Grants Program provides cash incentives for landholders to undertake works to prevent or repair degradation along waterways.

The program is enhanced when landholders and community groups assist the Goulburn Broken CMA to rehabilitate continuous stretches of waterways.

The grants are prioritised. When works undertaken by a landholder provide multiple benefits for the environment - such as improving water quality, protecting native vegetation and improving biodiversity - they will be rated highly and attract funding at the top end of the scale.

The grants are available for:

  • Fencing
  • Revegetation
  • Off-stream watering points for stock.

River Health Incentive Program FAQs

GB CMA River Health Incentive Brochure

Works such as bed and bank stabilisation, exotic vegetation control and in-stream habitat enhancement may also be undertaken by the Goulburn Broken CMA  where deemed appropriate for river health outcomes.  All on-ground works are recorded with the Landholder in "Riparian Management Agreement".

Likely benefits of the works are:

  • Improved habitat for native plants and animals;
  • Reduced erosion;
  • Reduced nutrient input;
  • Decreased sediment loads and turbidity; and
  • Improved aesthetics and stock shelter.

The River and Wetland Health & Implemenation Program has a number of projects targeting improvement in the health of our region's priority waterways and wetlands. Read more here.




The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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