Deadline extended for waterways comment
GOULBURN Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) has extended its deadline for public comment to Monday, March 10 on its draft Goulburn Broken Regional Waterway Strategy 2013-2021.
GBCMA manager strategic river health Wayne Tennant said the comment period had been extended to allow the community more time to read the draft strategy.
“The strategy outlines how the GBCMA will continue to work with landholders, communities and other organisations to maintain and protect the region’s rivers and wetlands for the next eight years,” Mr Tennant said.
“It builds on more than three decades of partnerships, involving activities to manage soil, salinity, habitat and pest plants and animals to improve the quality of the region’s waterways.
“We recognise the document contains a lot of detail and we are keen to give people the opportunity to review and absorb this information.”
The draft Goulburn Broken Regional Waterway Strategy 2013-2021 has been compiled with input from community via a reference group and partner agencies including local government, Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Goulburn Murray Water. The aims of the strategy are to:
identify priority waterways and wetlands based on their environmental, social and economic values, and set objectives for their management;
develop a program of works to achieve these objectives, and targets against which to measure the progress in reaching these objectives;
provide a consistent, defensible process for identifying priorities for government investment in the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands; and
engage key stakeholders and the community to ensure that the priority waterways chosen reflect areas of high community value.
The draft Goulburn Broken Regional Waterway Strategy 2013-2021 is available on the GBCMA’s website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au.
Community members can submit comments to recep[email protected] gov.au or to the Goulburn Broken CMA (PO Box 1752, Shepparton).
All comments received will be acknowledged and considered in the preparation of the final strategy due for completion in the next couple of months.
RIVER COMMENT: The Broken River near Mansfield is currently under study for strategic management.