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Regional Catchment Strategy 2013-2019

Priorities list and partner involvement

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Table 14 lists management measures to be undertaken within each sub-Catchment SESs or at whole-of-Catchment scales to achieve desired levels of resilience. (These have been collated from Chapters two and three.) The table also provides the basis of an RCS implementation plan, including likely involvement of partners.

The numbered SESs in the table correspond to the SESs described in Chapter three: 

  1. Agricultural Floodplains
  1. Productive Plains
  1. Upland Slopes
  1. Commuting Hills
  1. Southern Forests
  1. Urban Centres

  Shading indicates SESs targeted for delivery of management measures over the next six years in developing resilience (as listed for each SES in Chapter three). A management measure with shading in each SES column indicates it is likely to be best addressed at a whole-of-Catchment scale. Actions under management measures might still be warranted in SESs that are not shaded, however they will not be a priority for developing resilience.

Table 14: Priorities for developing SES resilience 

Management measure

SES

Partners*

1

2

3

4

5

6

Strategic objective: To embed the resilience approach

Strategic priority: Update and develop strategies

Review and update existing strategic documents and sub-strategies and create new ones according to need

X

X

X

X

X

X

Many and varied

Strategic priority: Plan at social-ecological system scale

Develop an adaptive planning process for social-ecological systems to build and enhance their resilience

X

X

X

X

X

X

Landholders, residents, community groups, local government, Parks Victoria, water authorities, DSE, DPI, DPCD, research organisations, industry, CFA

Strategic priority: Provide adaptive management and leadership

Build community and agency capacity to respond together to drivers of change

X

X

X

X

X

X

Many and varied

Research resilience knowledge gaps to inform decision-making based on thresholds and tipping points

X

X

X

X

X

X

Research organisations, G-MW, DPI, DSE, community groups, CMAs

Strategic objective: To strengthen partnerships

Strategic priority: Reinforce agency and industry relationships

Define roles and relationships with regional delivery partners

X

X

X

X

X

X

DSE, DPI, G-MW, GVW, local government, Parks Victoria

Strategic priority: Manage public land collaboratively

Undertake works on public land and Crown land frontages to improve waterways and wetlands

X

X

X

   

X

Landholders, DSE, Parks Victoria, local government, reserve committees of management

Collaborate with Traditional Owners in natural resource management

X

X

X

X

X

X

Traditional Owners, DSE, Parks Victoria, landholders

Strategic priority: Adopt flexible community engagement approaches

Build capacity in existing and new conservation groups to deliver natural resource and productivity projects

 

X

X

     

Community groups, DSE

Develop an engagement approach that matches landholder motivations with natural resource outcomes

   

X

X

   

Research organisations, landholders, community groups, local government, DPI

Develop understanding of social capital and community connectivity

X

X

X

X

X

X

Research organisations, landholders, community groups

Continue to build online awareness and engagement

X

X

X

X

X

X

Information technology experts, community

Strategic objective: To adapt to water policy reform

Strategic priority: Influence regional water policy

Create opportunities for community leaders to contribute to water policy

X

         

Community groups, community members, G-MW, DPI, DSE

Influence water policy development and implementation to secure water for improving natural resource condition without affecting social and economic wellbeing

X

         

MDBA, DSE, G-MW, Yorta Yorta Nation, DPCD

Strategic priority: Deliver water to waterways and wetlands

Plan, deliver and monitor environmental water delivery to improve the condition of priority waterways and wetlands

X

 

X

     

Commonwealth and Victorian Environmental Water Holders, DSE, CMAs, Parks Victoria, Yorta Yorta Nation, MDBA, G-MW

Prioritise protection of waterway and wetlands within the modernised irrigation delivery system

X

         

G-MW, DSE, Parks Victoria, DPI

Strategic priority: Use water efficiently on farms

Modernise water delivery on irrigated land to provide ecological and productivity benefits

X

         

Landholders, CMAs, DPI, DSE, G-MW, Dairy Australia, Northern Victorian Irrigators, Murray Dairy, SEWPaC

Strategic objective: To adapt to land-use change

Strategic priority: Capture opportunities from land development

Deliver farm planning to integrate ecological and agricultural productivity benefits

X

X

       

Landholders, DPI, DSE, CMAs

Contribute to land-use planning strategies to minimise loss of biodiversity

   

X

X

X

X

Local government, DPCD, DSE, Parks Victoria, G-MW

Manage wastewater treatment and stormwater runoff to minimise pollutants to urban waterways and wetlands

         

X

GVW, EPA, local government

Contribute to public land management to minimise loss of biodiversity

   

X

X

X

X

DSE, Parks Victoria, reserve committees of management

Strategic priority: Plan for and manage floods

Provide floodplain decisions and advice in land-use planning

X

X

X

   

X

Local government, G-MW

Understand more about the nature of flooding to manage its impact on the natural and built environments

X

X

X

X

   

G-MW, local government, GVW

Promote broader community awareness and acceptance of practices to protect and improve the condition of the natural environment

   

X

X

 

X

Landholders, residents, community groups, local government

Promote development, use and management of land that matches land capability

X

X

X

X

   

Landholders, DPI, DSE, DPCD, Australian Government, local government

Strategic objective: To adapt to climate variability

Strategic priority: Adapt to climate variability risks

Factor risks of climate variability and identify adaptation strategies in Goulburn Broken CMA and partner plans

X

X

X

X

X

X

Many and varied

Strategic priority: Respond to and recover from climatic events

Develop public land fire management plans that consider loss of biodiversity

X

X

X

X

X

 

DSE, Parks Victoria, Traditional Owners, CFA, local government, community, , reserve committees of management, Goulburn Broken CMA

Plan and implement flood, fire and drought response and recovery

X

X

X

X

X

X

DSE, DPI, local government, water authorities, Parks Victoria, CFA, State Emergency Services

Strategic priority: Capture opportunities from a low carbon future

Identify where carbon sequestration activities provide environmental, economic and social benefits

X

X

X

     

Landholders, community groups, Australian Government, DPI, industry, research organisations

Develop mechanisms to ensure carbon sequestration activities do not threaten natural resource condition

   

X

X

X

 

Landholders, community groups, industry, research organisations, Australian Government, DPI

Strategic objective: To adapt to increased farm production

Strategic priority: Manage risks to agricultural production

Deliver surface and sub-surface drainage works across a modernised irrigation delivery system, including adaptive shallow groundwater management

X

X

       

DPI, DSE, G-MW, landholders, local government

Strategic priority: Establish sustainable agricultural practices

Create awareness and acceptance of sustainable management practices to improve land and soil condition

X

X

X

     

DPI, G-MW, community groups, landholders

Promote the role of carbon to improve the resilience and productivity agricultural-based ecosystems

X

X

X

     

DPI, community groups, landholders

Strategic priority: Increase biodiversity in agricultural land-use

Create awareness and acceptance of land management practices that protect and improve terrestrial and aquatic habitat

X

X

X

     

Community groups, landholders, local government, Trust for Nature

Identify environmental stewardship opportunities for land managers

X

X

       

Community groups, Trust for Nature, local government, landholders

Work with landholders to protect and improve biodiversity on private land and build understanding of its contribution to the landscapes

X

X

X

     

DPI, G-MW, DSE, landholders, community groups, Trust for Nature

* Goulburn Broken CMA is a partner in implementing all management measures.

Note:  Management measures related to evaluation and adaptation are listed later in this section.