Na­tional award for catch­ment work

Alpine Observer - - News -

NORTH East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity has been recog­nised na­tion­ally for wa­ter­way man­age­ment strate­gies that build com­mu­nity lead­er­ship and help to drive change.

The au­thor­ity was recog­nised by the River Basin Man­age­ment So­ci­ety, an in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tion with a 30-year his­tory in land, wa­ter and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment in Aus­tralia.

The so­ci­ety pre­sented awards on Oc­to­ber 27 and recog­nised the au­thor­ity’s work when it named it a fi­nal­ist in ‘tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence in wa­ter­way man­age­ment’.

The recog­ni­tion was for the use of drone-based ther­mal in­frared im­agery to iden­tify drought refuge po­ten­tial in the Up­per Ovens River.

The catch­ment au­thor­ity also won the most highly con­tested award cat­e­gory – ‘In­volv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in wa­ter­way man­age­ment’ – for work on the mid-King River.

North East CMA chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil McCarthy said the recog­ni­tion demon­strated that long-term com­mit­ment de­liv­ered re­sults.

“The mid-King River project be­gan in 2011 when a group of land­hold­ers along a 10-kilo­me­tre stretch re­ported in­creased rates of sed­i­men­ta­tion within the King River chan­nel, ex­ac­er­bated by in­stream wil­low growth and fallen tim­ber,” he said.

“A rapid as­sess­ment of the reach iden­ti­fied two lo­ca­tions where the aban­don­ment of the King River – an avul­sion – was im­mi­nent,” Mr McCarthy said.

“The CMA de­vel­oped a ‘com­mu­nity-led so­lu­tions’ ap­proach with the land­hold­ers.

“Our vi­sion was for the com­mu­nity to de­velop a deeper un­der­stand­ing of their river, avul­sion pro­cesses, and the pos­si­ble in­ter­ven­tions that would ben­e­fit the whole sys­tem, in­clud­ing down­stream users, and out­last any short­term works pro­gram.”

AWARDED: River Basin Man­age­ment So­ci­ety recog­nised the project work of the North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity re­cently. Staff at the pre­sen­ta­tion in­cluded He­len Wil­son, Neil McCarthy, Michael Broughton, Adam Green, Tim Lof­fler, Natalie Dando and Cather­ine McIn­er­ney.

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