The Goulburn Broken Catchment boasts a wide diversity of landscapes including 1,800 metre snow covered alps, moist montane and dry sclerophyll forests, granitic outcrops, gentle sloping plains, box woodlands, red gum floodplains, mixed farms and irrigated pastures and orchards. Individually, each of these biophysical features can be classified as an asset which can be grouped by type or as single features. The people that reside in the Catchment should also be considered assets - they contribute significantly to the managemet of biodiversity, land and water, and without this contribution the objectives of the RCS can not be achieved.
The Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) 2012-2018, focuses on the connections between people and nature (or people and the biophysical assets) and how these connections influence the resilience of the six Social-Ecological Systems (SES) across the Catchment in response to four main drivers of change (identified through consultation with the community and technical experts). The six sub-Catchment SESs are used as the basis for the development of the RCS as they are at the appropriate scale to address many catchment management problems: they are small enough for details to be well understood, including how different issues relate, yet large enough to achieve efficiencies in allocating resources aimed at achieving resilience.
In describing each SES, information on each of the asset themes of biodiversity, land, water and people, has been used to describe differences and similarities between each SES (by providing details on important features that people often identify in their landscape). This document provides a summary of the attributes of each of the four assets classes identified. Further detail on each asset theme is provided through the relevant sub-strategies or the full RCS. For each asset theme, long-term objectivess are articulated in the RCS, as well as in the relevant sub-strategies. The RCS also includes discussion on the long-term objectives and their relationship to resilience thresholds and each SES. The process of updating the sub-strategies will include testing how these objectives align with resilience thresholds and how they relate in each SES.