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Our Catchments Our Communities

The North East Our Catchments Our Communities (OCOC) project is a flagship project of the North East CMA that seeks to promote and strengthen integrated catchment management across the region. It contributes to Integrated Catchment Management by undertaking two targeted area projects, one in the Lower Ovens Catchment area and the other in the Upper Mitta Catchment upstream of Dartmouth Dam.

Each of these projects is driven by a steering committee made up of local community representatives, NRM managers and other stakeholders to undertake Integrated Catchment Management on a local scale. The place-based projects achieve this through planning and prioritising key activities, engaging with and strengthening partnerships with stakeholders and the community, and delivering targeted waterway and catchment health programs to address the priority waterway and NRM threats and opportunities.

The OCOC project also achieves integrated catchment management by bringing together NRM managers and other stakeholders focused on planning, communicating and evaluating activities within the North East. 

2019-20 was the fourth and final year of the OCOC project and thus the project was focused on completing existing activities and identifying priorities for the future to ensure longevity of the project outcomes.

The videos below highlight and demonstrate the achievements of the OCOC projects in the Lower Ovens and the Upper Mitta Mitta.

We thank all our organisation and community partners for their involvement in these projects.

Our Catchments Our Communities - Lower Ovens

Project Partners


Parks Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

North East Water

Trust for Nature

Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems (La Trobe University)

Charles Sturt University

Murray-Darling Wetlands Working Group

Arthur Rylah Institute

Rural City of Wangaratta

Indigo Shire Council

Winton Wetlands

Community groups

Rutherglen Landcare Group

Warby Range Landcare Group

Ovens Landcare Network

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability

Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership

Boorhaman Landcare Group

Our Catchments Our Communities - Mitta Mitta

Upper Mitta Mitta Catchment Action Plan (CAP)

The Upper Mitta Mitta CAP is an example of a community led catchment action plan. Stakeholder engagement to derive values, threats and amanagement actions was a large component of the project.

Download a PDF version of the plan here


Project Partners


Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Parks Victoria

East Gippsland Shire Council

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Omeo District Health

East Gippsland Water

Regional Roads Victoria

Omeo CFA

Community groups

Friends of the Mitta

Benambra Dinner Plain Omeo (BDPO) Landcare Group

Omeo Region Business & Tourism Association

Omeo Angling Club

Omeo Golf Club

Benambra Neighbourhood House

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation