Have recent restrictions meant you have explored your local region more than you otherwise would? Or, if you are a regular visitor, you haven’t been able to visit the North East at all? It seems like a good time to think about what you love about the North East region.
We are seeking your input over the next 10 months, as we develop the North East Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS). We want to understand what you value about the North East Victoria’s rivers, landscapes and biodiversity and your vision for the region.
The RCS considers what drives change, how people and place are entwined and guides planning and investment for the region’s land, water and biodiversity for the next six years. It will consider how the region can deal with unexpected events, such as bushfires, flooding and COVID-19, that bring both challenges and opportunities.
What – is the role of the RCS?
The Victorian government set up the RCS as the guiding document for the region’s natural resources, and to support community involvement in integrated catchment management. Priorities, targets and directions included in this document provide an overarching framework for managing natural resources that flows through to strategic planning and investment in local government, government agencies and community groups.
Sets a vision for the North East region
Describes the links between various landscapes in the region and the people who live and work in them and visit them.
Describes the challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed.
Offers an overarching framework or blueprint to guide natural resource management planning and investment for the next six years.
This framework can be used by any individual, group or organisation to guide future natural resource management decisions in the Upper Murray, Kiewa and Ovens River valleys.
How – do I get involved/does it represent my input?
Individuals and community groups have multiple opportunities to provide input over the next couple of months. They include attending a Regional Catchment Strategy online community workshop; completing an online survey; entering the “my favourite place competition”; commenting on work completed; and attending an online drop-in session to ask questions. See details below for information about how to register. These will be updated each month.
Who else contributes?
We collaborate with agencies, councils and communities to gather local knowledge about landscapes within the region and how the community values and interacts with these. This knowledge is integrated with traditional ecological, technical and formal knowledge.
My Favourite Place Competition 4 Students
Primary and secondary school students - tell us about a favourite place in nature, near where you live.
Write a story, take a photo, draw a picture or pen a poem and tell us:
1. Where your favourite local place in nature is
2. Why it is special to you
3. How old you are.
Winning entries will win a $30 gift voucher at a local bookshop.
Entries close Friday 4 December 2020. Please include an adult's phone number and email contact to be in the running for a prize.
Entries from the competition will be used understand what natural values are important to young people in North East Victoria. This will inform the update of the North East Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS), an important planning document for natural resources in the region. To find out more about the RCS update read above and stay tuned to this page.
Details about events
Complete an initial online survey – click here
“My favourite place” competition – click here
RCS drop-in session – this will be opportunities in early November to ask questions about the RCS, stay tuned for details.
To download the North East RCS update fact sheet click here
For the latest NRM Update click here