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.
DECEMBER 2020 UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to the update of the North East Regional Catchment Strategy.
We have received a wealth of information about our region from those live, work, visit and connect with north east Victoria.
We are now compiling this information and developing an Insights paper that will be released in late January.
Enjoy the Christmas-New Year break, which is an opportune time to think about what we want the future to look like and how we get there. We look forward to reconnecting with you all in January when we release the Insights paper and seek your comments.
My Favourite Place Winners
We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the My Favourite Place competition, that has been part of the North East Regional Catchment Strategy update.
The selection of six winners reflects the wide array of entries that cover the diversity of landscapes that are valued throughout our community. The response has been outstanding and we thank everyone for sharing with us their passion for the region.
All the winning photographs and comments will be included in materials being produced as part of the North East RCS renewal; helping to show what people love about our region and what they connect with.
The winners are .......
Jeffe Aronson, for his photograph of Mitta Mitta River – “the largest and best whitewater river running community in Australia, and one of the finest and most pristine class 3 rivers anywhere”.
Stephen Curtain, for his image of Mt Bogong, the highest point in Victoria.