The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is committed to making it beneficial and attractive for the region’s natural resource managers, organisations and community groups to work together. The PPWCMA believes this will achieve optimum outcomes with available resources and effort.
A key mechanism to assist this goal is the development and implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy. The PPWCMA has responsibility under section 24 of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 to prepare the Regional Catchment Strategy.
Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy
The Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy is the overarching plan for how land, water and biodiversity is managed across our region. It is developed by the PPWCMA in collaboration with Traditional Owners and regional agencies, organisations, groups and communities.
The strategy is intended to foster integration, efficiency and effectiveness in land, water and biodiversity management in the region.
The strategy broadly describes how land, water and biodiversity is managed across the region, highlights the connections between them, and identifies targets for the future health and resilience of the region’s environment.
Regional Catchment Strategy renewal
Victoria’s ten Regional Catchment Strategies are being renewed for 2021-27. The new strategies bring together organisations, groups and communities that are active in land, water and biodiversity management in each region, including strengthening the links with Traditional Owners and highlight and connect with Country Plans.
Each strategy will outline the vision for its region, assess current condition and set targets for the future. They will outline how work in each region will contribute to implementing government policies and achieving statewide targets, whilst also incorporating the knowledge and priorities of local communities.
A period of public consultation for the Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy was undertaken in July 2021 and a final version is now being prepared. It is expected to be submitted to the Minister for Water in October 2021.
Become a Regional Catchment Strategy Partner
If your organisation supports the directions of the strategy, you can join the growing list of Partner Organisations that are willing to share knowledge and contribute to achieving the targets.