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Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Strategy

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Regional Catchment Strategy 2013-2019

Introduction

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The protection and conservation of natural resources is fundamental to the long-term viability of the Goulburn Broken Catchment and the well-being and prosperity of its people.

The Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) provides the integrated planning framework or 'blueprint' for management of land, water and biodiversity resources. It is the overarching strategy for directing action, under which there are sub-strategies and action plans that implement priorities of government and the community.

The approach to catchment management has evolved from a focus on the single threat of salinity in the 1980s to integrated catchment management (salinity, water quality, biodiversity) in the mid-1990s and then to a focus on valuing outcomes such as ecosystem services (e.g. maintaining clean water, air and productive soils) in the early 2000s.

The focus now is placing greater emphasis on understanding the relationship between people and nature, and how to maintain and improve the resilience of these systems to continue to deliver the critical ecosystem services in a dynamic, ever-changing world.

I have only scanned the document And while it is well written and presented, and its content convenient  it doesn't inspire me to go that step forward to more to more. There would appear to be no thought at all given to how all the natural  resources of the catchment will be used sustainable in the future. Well within the 50 year planning horizon of the RCS- should be doing it now- we will have to have implemented an industrial system based on ecological principles (cyclic flow system with fully internalized environmental costs). A system where the waste products of one industrial /agricultural process become the input for another process to such a degree that in effect there is no waste. The GBCMA therefore has to have a vision on how we can achieve sustainable agricultural practices that also produce our energy demands while enhancing all environmental values across breadth of our landscape in perpetuity. Thanks Terry Court Tatura  

Thanks for scanning through the document.  I appreciate your observation and will be seeking to provide a clearer picture of the types of actions that the CMA will be looking to implement to reach that 30-50 yr vision for the Catchment,  In reflection, the Strategy is trying to meet a number of needs and perhaps we require a clearer Executive Summary or something similar that paints a more inspirational picture upfront.