Integrated Catchment Management in Victoria 2016-19

The Victorian Government has provided $22 million over the next four years to implement Our Catchments, Our Communities, Victoria's first state-wide Integrated Catchment Management Strategy. The Strategy focuses on people working together to coordinate planning, investment and on-ground activities to improve the effectiveness of a range of environmental, economic and social outcomes.

In the Corangamite region private landholders manage more than two-thirds of the catchment and their participation, investment and knowledge is essential in realising the Regional Catchment Strategy's vision. The state government investment in Our Catchments, Our Communities provides an opportunity to achieve this vision, and supports the implementation of the Victorian Government's water plan, Water for Victoria.


The Corangamite region has three on ground projects currently being delivered through the Our Catchments, Our Communities program:



The Gellibrand and Curdies river catchments form part of one of the largest dairy regions in Australia, providing critical water supply for townships and stock water, as well as habitat for significant fish species.

A partnership between the Corangamite CMA, AgricultureVictoria, WestVic Dairy, and Landcare will lead the Sustainable Dairy Management Project to engage dairy communities to support whole of farm nutrient management in the Gellibrand and Curdies river catchments.

The project aims to deliver on-ground improvements to more than 20 farms that support a reduction in nutrient runoff and improved farm productivity through a combination of on farm extension works and a regenerative farming program.




The Connected Landscapes – Adapting Corangamite’s Natural Assets to Climate Change Project promotes integrated catchment management in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and community NRM groups.

The project has two components:

• An on-ground works program supporting connectivity across fragmented landscapes of the Woady Yaloak, Leigh and Moorabool River catchments. Working in partnership with a local community alliance, Central Highlands Water and private land managers the project will deliver an incentive program to support farming practice change, remnant vegetation protection and enhancement, community grants, and focus sights showcasing biodiversity protection.

• An adaptation pathways approach to planning for the projected impact of climate change on the Western District Lakes. Bringing together private, public and community stakeholders
to complete a multiple future scenario action planning process to identify where effort is best invested to protect and enhance the lakes into the future.




A joint Corangamite CMA, industry, government and community stakeholder partnership will lead the Protecting the Environment via On-farm Water Efficiency Project, delivering a number of on-farm pilot activities testing the viability and effectiveness of modernised on-farm water capture technologies to meet future farming need, and achieve improved water efficiency.

This project is in response to the need for more secure water flows to high-value environmental assets in the face of climate change. And includes analysis of a range of water efficiency technologies and approaches to determine their viability in delivering on farm and catchment benefits.

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