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Regional Catchment Strategy 2013-2019

Appendix four: Roles of Catchment partners

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Agency / authority / organisation /individual

Role relative to the development and implementation of the RCS

Australian Government – Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) works to sustain the way of life and prosperity of all Australians. It does this  by advising the government and our stakeholders how to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of our portfolio industries (DAFF, 2012).

Regionally, DAFF plays an important role in the implementation of the RCS funding projects across the Catchment.

Australian Government  - Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) is responsible for a number of matters including; environment protection and conservation of biodiversity, natural, built and cultural heritage, environmental research, and water policy and resources (SWEPC, 2012)..

The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the Department) administers the EPBC Act.

Regionally, SEWPAC plays an important role in the implementation of the RCS by funding projects across the Catchment.

Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council and Alpine Resort Management Boards

The Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) is a statutory body established under the Victorian Alpine Resorts Management Act 1997. It reports to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and addresses issues of broad concern to alpine resort stakeholders and government and is focused on three key areas: Strategic positioning and advocacy, Co-operation and Research.

The Alpine Resorts are permanent Crown land reserves, each managed by an Alpine Resort Management Board appointed by, and responsible to, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The Boards are also established under the Alpine Resorts Management Act 1997.

The Alpine Resort Management Boards are responsible for the development, promotion, management and use of each Alpine Resort. They also provide or arrange required basic services and utilities including water and energy supply, and sewerage and garbage disposal. The Boards are required to carry out their functions in an environmentally sound way and in accordance with an approved strategic management plan. Each Board is represented on the ARCC (ARCC, 2012).

Community groups (e.g. CMNs, Landcare and environmental groups)

The Goulburn Broken Catchment’s 91 natural resource management groups, 11 networks, and five sustainable farming groups mobilise community involvement, attract corporate, philanthropic and corporate funding, and influence and implement significant parts of the RCS in local areas, usually with an emphasis in on-ground works. They are represented on many of the CMA’s advisory groups and steering committees.

Department of Planning and Community Development

Providing statutory and strategic guidance about planning in Victoria is one of the key roles of the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD).

DPCD works collaboratively with local government and other key public and private stakeholders to lead State and metropolitan development, strategic and statutory planning, development regulation, and environmental assessment (DPCD, 2012c).

DPCD is also responsible for leading the development of Regional Growth Plans.  Regional growth plans are being developed to provide broad direction for land use and development across regional Victoria. They will also provide more detailed planning frameworks for key regional centres. Regional Growth Plans will identify important economic, environmental, social and cultural resources to be preserved, maintained or developed (DPCD, 2012d).  The Goulburn Broken Catchment sits within the Hume Regional Growth Plan area.

Department of Primary Industries

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is responsible for agriculture, fisheries, earth resources, energy and forestry in Victoria.

DPI design and deliver government policies and programs that enable Victoria 's primary and energy industries to sustainably maximise the wealth and wellbeing they generate, by providing essential goods and services, employment, investment and recreational opportunities (DPI, 2012).

Regionally, DPI provides technical, extension, grant assessment, whole farm planning and research services.

Department of Sustainability and Environment – Regional

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems (DSE, 2012).

DSE performs its range of functions in close partnership with its service delivery partners including: Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, catchment management authorities, Parks Victoria, water authorities and local governments.

DSE is responsible for the administration of the CaLP Act 1994, as well as other significant legislation many of which are outlined in Appendix two.

Regionally, DSE supports the implementation of the RCS through the provision of funding and technical, extension and research services.

Environment Protection Authority

The Environment Proctection Authoritiy’s sole role is to regulate pollution and has independent authority to make regulatory decisions under the Environment Protection Act 1970. Based on its regulatory risk model EPA prioritises its compliance and enforcement activity by addressing the biggest risk to the environment and health.   EPA aspires to create a healthy environment that supports a liveable and prosperous Victoria. By effectively regulating pollution in Victoria, we strive to deliver clean air, healthy waterways, safe land and minimal disturbances from noise and odour for Victorians (EPA, 2012).

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is a statutory authority established under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. It plays a pivotal role in NRM in the Catchment. There are many policies that inform this role, listed in Appendix one and two.

The Goulburn Broken CMA prepares the Goulburn Broken RCS and co-ordinates and monitors its implementation.  It does this by working with all tiers of government, other agencies, community groups, industry, individuals, and research and funding organisations.   

Goulburn-Murray Water

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has substantial interaction with the environment, partnerships with a number of stakeholders and legislative requirements leading to a large and diverse environmental risk profile. G-MW aims to maximise water resource availability for customer use, while meeting key environmental goals and contributing to a sustainable and productive natural environment. G-MW’s environmental objectives are listed in the Environment Policy Statement. In summary G-MW is committed to minimising and preventing any adverse impact on the environment caused by our activities.

Activities and initiatives include Catchment Management (including salt interception management), surface and sub-surface drainage support, water quality and land management planning (GMW, 2012).

Goulburn Valley Water

Goulburn Valley Water's delivery of water and sewage services to its customers has a considerable impact on non renewable natural resources. Primary objectives of the organisation include a commitment to improve environmental performance by minimizing resource demand and preventing pollution. In order to translate these commitments into practice, the organisation has established an Environment Policy and an Environmental Management System (EMS) (GVW, 2012).

Individuals / land managers

Under the CaLP Act 1994, responsibilities of land managers include (but are not limited to) take all reasonable steps to:

  • Prevent the spread of, and as far as possible eradicate, established pest animals.
  • Eradicate regionally prohibited weeds.
  • Prevent the growth and spread of regionally controlled weeds.
  • conserve soil and avoid contributing to land degradation on someone else’s land  (DPI.

Land managers must also seek authority to interfere, obstruct or carry out works in relation to a waterway, bore or drainage course, or (in some cases) a private dam.

Regionally, landholders across the Catchment invest significant resources (time, money and land) into activities that contribute to meeting the objectives of the RCS. This contribution is further outlined in the People section of the Assets of the Goulburn Broken Catchment supplement.

Industry groups

Peak industry groups such as Murray Dairy and the Victorian Farmers Federation can strongly influence catchment management through their networks with regional land managers .

Local government

 Services provided by councils are diverse. They include property, economic, human, recreational and cultural services. Councils also enforce State and local laws relating to such matters as land use planning, environment protection, public health, traffic and parking and animal management. They maintain significant infrastructure, provide a range of services and enforce various laws for their communities (DPCD, 2012a).

Local government plays a significant role in land use planning, which is administered under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, with each municipality having a local planning scheme that describes what types of activities or developments may occur in areas of the municipality (DPCD, 2012b). They also have other important roles including public awareness, engagement and education as well as local partnerships such as Conservation Management Networks

Regionally, the Goulburn Broken CMA actively participates in development of environment strategies for the Benalla Rural City, Campaspe Shire, Greater Greater Shepparton City, Mansfield Shire, Moira Shire and Strathbogie Shire Councils. The Goulburn Broken CMA is a key member and supporter of the Goulburn Broken Local Government Biodiversity Reference Group led by Moira Shire in partnership with the other local governments represented in the catchment.

Other groups

The Goulburn Broken CMA and community and advisory groups develop close relationships with many organisations as needs arise during research, planning and implementation, including Victorian Farmers Federation, the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, Committees of Management (Crown land reserves) and the various environment and climate action groups across the Catchment.

Parks Victoria

Under the Parks Victoria Act 1998, Parks Victoria's responsibilities are to provide services to the State and its agencies for the management of parks, reserves and other public land. With the approval of the Minister, it may also provide land management services to the owner of any other land used for public purposes. The Act requires that, in carrying out its functions, Parks Victoria must not act in a way that is not environmentally sound.   Parks Victoria's responsibilities encompass the management of: all areas reserved under the National Parks Act 1975, metropolitan waterways and adjacent land under the Water Industry Act 1994, nominated Crown land reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, conservation reserves reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and managed in accordance with approved land use recommendations under the Land Conservation Act 1970, areas reserved under the Heritage Rivers Act 1992, planning for all Ramsar sites and management of some sites, piers and jetties in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port and recreational boating on these Bays pursuant to powers conferred by the Marine Act, 1988 and the Port of Melbourne Authority Act 1958, other areas as specified under the Parks Victoria Act 1998 (Parks Victoria, 2012b)

Regionally, Parks Victoria and the Goulburn Broken CMA work jointly in the delivery of Commonwealth and State funded projects.

Traditional Owners

The role of Traditional Owners is outlined in the introuction of this document.  In addition, RAPs have responsibilities relating to the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage under the Act. These include evaluating Cultural Heritage Management Plans, providing advice on applications for Cultural Heritage Permits, decisions about Cultural Heritage Agreements and advice or application for interim or ongoing Protection Declarations. (DPCD, 2012).

Trust for Nature

Trust for Nature (TfN) is Victoria's specialist private-land conservation statutory entity whose statewide services include covenanting, land purchase, ongoing post-protection landowner support, short-term management agreements and environmental market agreements.  Conservation covenants protect the natural features of an area in perpetuity, and ensure, through management plans, that any use is compatible with the conservation of the lands natural or cultural values. 

TfN works in securing the permanent protection and ongoing management of high quality remnants within the Catchment, adding value to the conservation of biodiversity, community engagement and the National Reserve System.

Victorian Catchment Management Council

The Victorian Catchment Management Council is appointed under the CaLP Act 1994. Its statutory roles are to advise the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Water, and other Ministers as requested, on land and water management issues; to report annually on operation of the CaLP Act; and report every five years on the environmental condition and management of Victoria's land and water resources, through the VCMC Catchment Condition Report (VCMC, 2012).