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Alpine Knowledge Share

Traditional Owners met for what would be an historic gathering between Jaithmathang and Gunaikurnai and the first time that several group members had visited their own country.

Revolving around the idea that any solutions to wicked environmental problems are unlikely to be solved in isolation, the two Traditional Owners groups, land managers and scientists came together to share perspectives over a three-day gathering.

Find out more about this gathering on the project review StoryMap.

Click on Alpine Knowledge Share (arcgis.com)

CMAs mark 25 years

Victoria's 10 CMAs came into being on 1 July 1997. This month we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994, Victoria is divided into 10 catchment management regions and each has a CMA responsible for the integrated planning and coordination of land, water and biodiversity management in their region. The exception is the Port Phillip and Westernport catchment region where it is now Melbourne Water.

Under the Water Act 1989, authorities are designated with specific responsibility for the management of waterways, including roles in drainage and floodplain management.

The designated waterway management authorities are the nine CMAs and Melbourne Water who have the lead role in developing and delivering regional programs for waterway management.

Staff at North East CMA marked the milestone with a celebration lunch and birthday cupcakes, each carrying the logo of one of the 10 CMAs.


Restoring habitat for the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board has been busy expanding and improving habitat for the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum. A few years ago, the Tunnel of Love was constructed to safely link possum populations above and below the Great Alpine Road at Mount Higginbotham.

Now, the habitat restoration at Mt Little Higginbotham has further increased habitat and connectivity to support the local Mountain Pygmy-possum populations.

Regional Bushfire Recovery Biodiversity Project - A year in review

Nearly two years after the Black Summer bushfires, we are still undertaking our recovery journey, and recovery looks different for our species, systems, and people.

As part of the Regional Bushfire Recovery Project, the North East CMA has worked with key partners to support the recovery of native species and ecological communities, such as the Mountain Pygmy-possum and alpine peatlands.

Find out more about project activities on the project review StoryMap.

Click on: https://arcg.is/1L4jvW

Mountain Pygmy-possums - Rebuilding the Boulderfields

The Mountain Pygmy-possum lives in the high country of Victoria and NSW. For some of our Traditional Owners, they are a very important totem species. The typical basalt boulderfields which is their habitat have diminished. Work to maintain and supplement this boulderfield habitat has been undertaken at Mt Little Higginbotham.

Mt Little Higginbotham’s boulder field was historically quarried, with the rocks mainly used for road and building materials. While the quarry operations ceased before the 1980s, gaps in what would have likely been Mountain Pygmy-possum habitat have remained.

See the video showing the restoration works in action.