Actions and achievements of Victoria’s CMAs on show in new report
8 December 2017
Victoria’s CMAs have showcased the role they play in protecting and enhancing the state’s land, water and biodiversity through the release of their 2016-17 Actions and Achievements Report.
The Victorian Catchment Management Authorities’ Actions and Achievement Report 2016-17 was released by the Hon Lisa Neville MP yesterday and outlines contributions the 10 CMAs have made to Victoria’s environment, economy and liveability.
CMAs have important roles in the delivery of Victorian and Australian Government environmental policy and programs. CMAs are at the front line of natural resource management and work side by side with communities to ensure Victorians have rivers and landscapes that they love and use.
The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA works in the region surrounding Melbourne that feeds into the two bays. Spanning 13,000 square kilometres, the region is home to 4.5 million residents and boasts some of Victoria’s most productive farming lands and spectacular parks that are home to all four state flora and fauna emblems.
In 2016-17, Port Phillip & Westernport CMA delivered environmental projects supported by $2.4 million of Victorian Government, $3.5 million of Australian Government and $3.1 million of partner investment. Key achievements included:
- Having 31 government and community organisations as partners for the implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy
- Allocating $434,750 to 65 Landcare and community groups (via the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants) to deliver on-ground environmental projects
- Strengthening the participation of Indigenous communities in various natural resource management planning processes, training programs and on-ground projects
- Securing $2 million from the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative, most of which is funding major on-ground projects in Sunbury, Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong Creek
- Contracting 48 landholders to revegetate 600 hectares in the Grow West and Greening the West projects areas
- Completing the three-year, $3 million Dandenong Ranges Wildlife Recovery, Weed Management and Fuel Reduction Program funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program
- Supporting sustainable and profitable agriculture through 18 capacity-building events involving 475 farmers as well as numerous trials into innovative agricultural techniques
- Supporting a Port Phillip & Westernport ‘Women in Sustainable Agriculture’ leadership group which provides women farmers with opportunities to develop the skills and confidence to promote sustainable agriculture in the region.