National award for catchment work
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.