Dead­line ex­tended for wa­ter­ways com­ment

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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