About this project

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in collaboration with the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University Australia (FedUni), the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group (WYCG) and the Surf Coast and Inland Plains Network (SCIPN) is undertaking this pilot project to develop Local Catchment Plans for catchment management in the Corangamite region.

The Corangamite Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) identifies the Landscape Zone planning process as an effective method for capturing and communicating local natural resource management (NRM) priorities.  In developing Local Catchment Plans, the CMA has five key objectives:

  1. retaining the 15 geographic landscape zone sub-units;
  2. inclusion of local priorities within the plans according to agreed criteria, presented with current national state and regional high priority assets and threats;
  3. maximising community ownership of the plans;
  4. ensuring the plans are displayed in a geospatial format (mapped) within a supported Geographic Information System; and
  5. setting agreed success factors.

The primary aim is to spatially overlay local and regional NRM priorities to identify ‘joint priorities’ for potential partnership and investment.  The initial tasks of developing local priorities was undertaken by the respective Networks and included participation by around 100 community members at each Network to identify 5-6 year Strategic Plans. 

The collaborators have the common aim of building web-based tools for the CMA community to easily access the most current environmental datasets applicable to integrated catchment management and modelling.  The projects promote the sharing of knowledge and information through the internet, allowing people to gain insights, present ideas, advice and information in a friendly and easy to use format, available at people’s convenience.  It allows the Corangamite CMA community to grow their knowledge and share their thoughts and enthusiasm for their landscapes.  It will also help guide groups and individuals to develop on-ground action plans through the provision of standardised templates and authoritative advice on a range of matters in catchment management, agricultural soil management, nature conservation and on-ground activities.