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Willow Management in the North East

The North East Catchment Management Authority reviewed its approach to willow management in response to community concern and debate relating to the impact of willows and willow management practices that occurred after the 2010-11 floods in the region.

This publication outlines the key principles, strategies and commitments that the CMA now uses to manage willows in the North East catchment.


Our goal for willow management in the North East catchment is:

To work with the community to practically and sustainably protect the health of waterways by reducing the spread and adverse impacts of willows.

The North East CMA Willow Management Policy represents the practical application of the CMA’s legal responsibilities under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (CaLP Act) 1994 and the Water Act 1989 in a manner that is consistent with the North East Regional Catchment Strategy and sub-strategies.

In applying this Policy, The North East CMA will aim to :

  • reduce the spread of seeding willows
  • achieve holistic waterway restoration outcomes in priority waterway reaches
  • increase community engagement and understanding of the impacts associated with willows
  • achieve tangible environmental and social benefits
  • improve community access to and the amenity of waterways

Download the Policy