15 August 2016
Minister Lisa Neville recently launched the Our Catchments Our Communities strategy – Victoria’s first state-level strategy for integrated catchment management. The strategy has been supported in the recent Victorian budget with a $22 million initiative to help implement it over the next four years.
Of the new funding, $2 million is earmarked for work in this Port Phillip and Western Port region, including around $1.6 million to be invested projects that:
- Offer tangible, on-ground contributions to implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS)
- Are landscape-scale
- Are engaging multiple stakeholders
- Show a very strong demonstration of integrated catchment management
- Are multi-year projects so they can achieve significant benefits
- Leverage significant additional funding.
During July and August 2016, the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA led six discussion workshops across the region. Over 80 RCS leaders and partners from councils, agencies, NGOs and Landcare networks attended these workshops to explore and discuss projects that satisfy funding criteria. These projects will be considered by an independent funding allocation panel to determine which project(s) will be funded.
The Our Catchments Our Communities strategy and associated funding is a significant demonstration of the Victorian Government’s commitment to integrated catchment management that is community-based, region-scale and collaborative.