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1 BUSINESS PLAN

2 Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority was established in July 1997 under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 as one of 10 Victorian CMAs and is responsible, with others, for natural resource management within the region. The CMA takes an integrated, whole-of-catchment approach by combining strategic planning with co-ordination for management of natural resources and is an important link between community and government, providing advice to the Australian and State Governments on environmental conditions, priorities and direction within the Glenelg Hopkins region.

3 THE GLENELG HOPKINS REGION The Glenelg Hopkins region lies south of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria s south west. Covering approximately 26,910 sq km, the region is renowned for its agricultural production, scenic beauty, dramatic coastline and rich biodiversity. There are four basins that occur within the region: Glenelg, Hopkins, Portland Coast and Millicent Coast. The region supports a permanent population of 130,000 with world class tourist attractions enticing a large number of visitors to the region. South western Victoria has a range of natural assets in the form of biodiversity, waterways, wetlands, soils, forests and coast. These natural resources support a unique quality of life. The Glenelg Hopkins region contains a number of natural features that are of national and international significance, including: Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape (Mt Eccles / Lake Condah / Tyrendarra Area) The Grampians National Park Kanawinka Geopark (UNESCO listed), encompassing sites of geologic significance such as Wannon Falls, Tower Hill, Mt Noorat and Princess Margaret Rose Caves Glenelg River the lower section of the Glenelg River is heritage-listed due to its environmental significance Western District Ramsar lakes one lake in the region is recognised as internationally important under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Three International Bird Areas (IBA) between Port Fairy and Warrnambool, Yambuk and the Discovery Bay Coastal Park Significant areas of two Australian Government biodiversity hotspots 13 endangered Ecological Vegetation Communities The iconic Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Orange-bellied Parrot and endemic Glenelg Spiny Cray, and 173 of Victoria s threatened species. The Glenelg River and its tributaries support diverse aquatic and riparian ecosystems and provide habitat for a number of rare and threatened species. The lower section of the Glenelg is heritage-listed for its environmental significance. Salt-wedge estuaries at the mouth of rivers entering the sea are environmentally significant. Numerous wetlands comprising 44 per cent of Victoria s total are spread throughout the lower region. Three regional groundwater systems underlie the region the Otway, Murray and Highland - with other shallow local aquifers present. The coasts towering cliffs, extensive dune systems, broad vegetation remnants and unique marine habitats are home to diverse and rich ecosystems. Water environments, together with extensive areas of public land and native vegetation, provide the basis for one of Australia s biodiversity hot spots.

4 OUR VISION Achieving a healthy and sustainable relationship between the natural environment and the community s use of land and water resources. OUR OBJECTIVES The Board of Glenelg Hopkins CMA has set strategic objectives which together with the Regional Catchment Strategy, provide guidance for the organisation in establishing our business directions and activities. PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS FOR A HEALTHY CATCHMENT Foster active partnerships to strengthen the region s capacity in natural resource and waterway management Strengthen structures and processes for community engagement in regional strategies and plans Promote adaptation and knowledge sharing to build stakeholder capacity and resilience. INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT Facilitate and coordinate the management of catchments in an integrated and sustainable manner Target investment to enhance biodiversity, sustainable production and community resilience Advise on natural asset condition trends to inform resource allocation and management actions Optimise funding for NRM projects by minimising corporate overheads. EFFECTIVE WATERWAY AND FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT Manage environmental water effectively Provide efficient business process for statutory functions Provide regional leadership in floodplain management. A RESPECTED AND ACCOUNTABLE ORGANISATION Recruit and sustain a professional, proactive and innovative workforce Deliver investment programs effectively and efficiently Manage business risk conservatively.

5 ORGANISATIONAL CHART MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER The Hon Lisa Neville MP ADVISORY GROUP Glenelg Hopkins Advisory Group CMA BOARD Strategy Policy Monitoring Accountability BOARD SUB COMMITTEES Audit and Risk Remuneration and Performance CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Kevin Wood INTERNAL AUDIT PARTNERSHIP AND INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER Michael Rees Strategy and Investment Coordination Co-ordination of regional NRM investment Co-ordinate land health and biodiversity service delivery, including support for the regional Landcare programs Community engagement support Indigenous partnerships Floodplain management Works on waterways regulation within the region. BUSINESS AND FINANCE PROGRAM MANAGER Kathy Connoley Business support for the Board, Chief Executive Officer and the organisation Human resources Financial management Facilities, motor vehicles, operational support management Records management Information Technology WATERWAY AND CATCHMENT HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER Adam Bester Coordinate regional waterway, wetland and coastal health programs Partnerships with waterway and catchment health stakeholders Maintenance of the Environmental Water Reserve

6 VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING PROGRAM PROJECT CONTINUED TOTAL FUNDING 15/16 Governance Business Support $267,098 $987,205 $1,254,303 Coastal restoration program Coastal Catchments $33,564 $942,000 $975,564 for communties Community Partnerships Landcare coordination $89,043 $346,000 $435,043 Department of Environment, Community Waterway $5,300 $5,300 Monitoring - Estuary Watch Department of Environment, Social and Economic Valuation $159,996 $159,996 of Waterway Management - Pilot Project Department of Environment, Wetland cropping project $50,000 $10,000 $60,000 - Pilot Project Department of Environment, Glenelg River Aboriginal Water $122,650 $122,650 Scoping Study - Pilot Project - Barengi Gadjin Land Council Department of Environment, Environmental Water $433,580 $233,000 $666,580 Reserve (EWR) - Environmental Water Department of Environment, VEFMAP $63,189 $122,000 $185,189 - Environmental Water Department of Environment, DEPI for EWR PROJECTS $424,000 $424,000 - Environmental Water Floodplain and Works Floodplain and Waterway $191,698 $656,500 $848,198 Management Glenelg Restoration Program Glenelg Catchments $285,512 $1,411,000 $1,696,512 for Communities Indigenous Trainee $25,542 Natural Disaster Relief and Moyston Fire Claim $33,156 $108,266 Recovery - Victoria Natural Resources Wetland Tender Audits $65,790 $65,790 Investment Program Recreational Fishing Levy Recreational Fishing $672 $34,036 $34,709 Regional Restoration Program Regional Catchment $137,976 $810,000 $947,976 for Communties Victorian Environmental Habitat Tender $229,567 $229,567 Partnerships Programme VicRoads Muddy Creek Rehabilitation $13,720 $13,720 Victorian Water Trust Healthy Glenelg River Tender $83,543 $83,543 Rivers Initiative Surface water monitoring Surfacewater Monitoring $3,452 $71,000 $74,452 TOTAL $2,719,052 $5,731,007 $8,283,094

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