Learning from the past and looking ahead
This Regional Catchment Strategy builds on previous editions published in 1997, 2004 and 2014 and draws on our growing understanding of how this region’s ecosystems work and how we can work with them.
Much was learned from writing and implementing the previous editions and has led to:
- Continuing to produce this strategy as a website so it can be efficiently updated as required and can be accessible to virtually everyone, anywhere, all the time
- Strengthening the connection with Traditional Owners and their traditional ecological knowledge, current planning and aspirations for the future
- Making the structure of this strategy and the other Regional Catchment Strategies across the State more consistent so they are clearly positioned as a “boxed set’ of integrated catchment management strategies covering Victoria
- Positioning this strategy as a high level document that brings together key points and directions from many natural resource management policies and plans relevant to this region
- Including a prospectus of projects from many organisations that can contribute to the achievement of the vision and targets outlined in this strategy.
The development of this strategy is being undertaken with the following steps:
Developing a draft strategy with key partner organisations
A working draft of the strategy has been progressively developed through 2020 and early 2021 in consultation with key stakeholder organisations including Traditional Owners, Government agencies and authorities, municipal Councils, non-Government organisations and community networks.
Through this stage, there was a focus on ensuring the draft strategy includes information needed to satisfy the Government Guidelines, and includes appropriate references and accurate information about many of the policies and thematic plans that are relevant to natural resource management in this region.
The draft strategy will be released for a 4-week period of public consultation in July 2021.
The public consultation will include:
- Notification in the public notices of The Age newspaper
- Distribution of a Regional Catchment Strategy e-newsletter
- Promotion in social media
- Inclusion of a “Have you say” button within the strategy website as a facility for community members to provide input
- Direct communication with various community and partner organisations
- Continuing close consultation with major Victorian Government organisations and the 38 councils in the region.
The final strategy is expected to be submitted to the Victorian Minister for Water at approximately the end of September 2021, after which it will be considered within Government and, when appropriate, formally approved.