North East Catchment Management Authority

North East Catchment Management Authority

The North East Catchment Management Authority is one of ten authorities established by the Victorian Government in July 1997. Each CMA works with the community, government and funding organisations to protect and enhance land, water and biodiversity resources.

The North East CMA encourage landholders, community groups and government to address the ‘big’ natural resource management issues facing their region, including adapting to climate change, fostering sustainable agriculture, managing cultural heritage and identifying the impacts of ‘tree change’ trends on land management in the North East.

They have offices in Wodonga, Kiewa and Everton.

The region

Victoria’s north east is rich in natural assets; snow topped mountains, river valleys, open plains and natural forests.

The region is bounded by the Murray River in the north, the Victorian Alps in the south, the NSW border in the east and the Warby Ranges in the west. It takes in the local government municipalities of Wodonga, Indigo, Wangaratta, Alpine and Towong, plus parts of the Moira and East Gippsland shires.

Approximately 102,000 people live in the north east, contributing some $3.24 billion a year to Victoria’s economic wealth. The main industries in the region are agriculture (dairy, beef, lamb, wool, cropping and horticulture), forest products, tourism, value-added processing industries and manufacturing.

Visit the North East CMA website.

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara works together with the community to manage the environment in a way that achieves a balance between a collective need for resources and the needs of the environment. Their work aims to achieve the targets set out in the region’s Natural Resources Management Plan. This Plan was developed by Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management Board in partnership with the community and stakeholders. This Plan is delivered through a diverse range of programs and projects across the region.

The Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) natural resource management (NRM) region covers the north west third of South Australia. In Pitjantjatjara, ‘alinytjara’ means ‘north’ and ‘wilurara’ means ‘west’.

The AW NRM region covers more than 250,000 square kilometres, stretching from the Northern Territory and West Australian borders south to the Great Australian Bight. The regional boundary extends to the edge of the State Waters (three nautical miles off-shore) in the Great Australian Bight and includes the South Australian part of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. The land and its 340 kilometres of coastline are mostly dedicated to conservation and traditional Aboriginal use and occupation. The homelands and community townships are inhabited by approximately 4,000 people. The region is managed as nine distinct landscapes.

There is no privately owned land in the region. More than half of AW is held as dedicated Aboriginal lands and is owned or in the trust of three key land holding authorities:

  • Yalata (vested in the Aboriginal Lands Trust under the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966)
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands (vested in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara under the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act 1981)
  • Maralinga Tjarutja (MT) Lands (vested in the Maralinga Tjarutja under the Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984)

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North Central Catchment Management Authority

North Central Catchment Management Authority

The North Central CMA was established in 1997 under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and also has powers and functions under the Water Act 1989.

Delivery of the 2013-19 North Central Regional Catchment Strategy remains a core business function of North Central CMA. Their role as caretakers of the region’s river health relies on leadership and business performance including the management of the Environment Water Reserve created under the Water Act. This is achieved by either directly or through partnerships with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Tust for Nature, local government, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, water corporations, educational institutions, research institutes, the private sector and of course the communities we serve.

These important relationships allow the North Central CMA to continue to deliver significantly bigger and smarter NRM projects relating to:

  • waterways and wetlands
  • water quality
  • biodiversity
  • environmental water reserves
  • Landcare support and funding coordination
  • floodplain management and regional drainage
  • regional responses to climate change
  • salinity
  • threatened species recovery
  • pest plants and pest animals
  • vegetation enhancement and restoration
  • soil health
  • cultural heritage

The region

The North Central CMA region is an area of diverse landscapes and land-use that covers 13% of the state. It is bordered by the mighty Murray River to the north, which injects life into the land around it, the Great Dividing Range and Wombat State Forest to the south and Mt Camel Range to the east.

The region’s main waterways are the Campaspe, Loddon, Avoca and Avon-Richardson rivers, which form part of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The natural environment also features box-ironbark forest, threatened riverine grasslands, internationally-significant wetlands and other unique biodiversity. The region is also rich in Indigenous and European cultural heritage.

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South East Local Land Services

Riverina Local Land Services

Riverina Local Land Services works with land managers and the community to improve primary production within healthy landscapes. They help people make better decisions about the land they manage and assist rural and regional communities to be profitable and sustainable into the future.

Riverina LLS connect people with groups, information, support and funding to improve agricultural productivity and better manage our natural resources.

The region

Riverina Local Land Services is bounded by Harden in the east, Hay in the west, Hillston in the north and Lockhart in the south. The area covers around 67,000 square kilometres (6.7 million hectares) of land and is serviced by 17 Local Governments with over 166,000 people. Wagga Wagga is the largest centre in the Riverina LLS region with a population of close to 60,000 people.

The Murrumbidgee River winds through the region and is the second largest river of the Murray-Darling system. The word Murrumbidgee  means ‘big water’ in the Wiradjuri language.

There are six unique landscapes in the Riverina LLS region which are consistent with how communities relate to their landscape:

  • Rangelands
  • Irrigation Areas
  • Riverina Plains
  • Murrumbidgee
  • South West Slopes
  • South West Highlands

Land use in the Riverina LLS area is mainly agricultural with dry land grazing and cereal based cropping accounting for over 80% of land use. Irrigation farming in the region covers over 5% of the area.

Many natural assets of international and national importance are found in the area serviced by the Riverina LLS: The Ramsar listed site Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands found near Leeton and numerous national parks and reserves.

Communities in the Riverina region see agricultural production as important to the country’s food security and work toward being resilient to climate variability and the changing economy.

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