About the PPWCMA

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA (PPWCMA) is one of 10 regional Catchment Management Authorities in the state of Victoria. It was established in 2002 as the peak natural resource management body in the Port Phillip and Western Port region to develop and oversee the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy.

The PPWCMA is a Victorian Government statutory authority established under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and is bound by the Statement of Obligations outlined in the Act. It’s responsible ministers are the Hon. Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Water and the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes.

The Port Phillip and Western Port catchment

Our vision

A healthy and resilient environment in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.

Our mission

Supporting organisations and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region to enhance the health and resilience of its land, water, and biodiversity.

What we do

The PPWCMA is responsible for:

  • Preparing a Regional Catchment Strategy and coordinating its implementation
  • Advising on regional priorities and resource allocation
  • Promoting cooperation in the management of land and water resources
  • Advising on matters relating to catchment and land protection
  • Advising on the condition of land and water resources
  • Promoting community awareness and understanding of the importance of land and water resources, their sustainable use, conservation and rehabilitation.

Who we work with

The PPWCMA works primarily with government departments, councils, water authorities, non-government environmental organisations and community groups to protect and enhance the natural resources within the region.

The PPWCMA also works closely with the Victorian Government and Australian Government to secure funds for priority projects and direct them to organisations to undertake on-ground works.

At the local level, the PPWCMA helps landholders improve their knowledge, skills and practices and works with the broader public to increase participation in environmental conservation and gain their input on important environmental issues.

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