People who farm and manage land, live in towns, work, volunteer or go to school all have a role to play in renewing the Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) for 2021-27.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is leading the renewal of the RCS, a strategy for the North Central CMA region (map below). The strategy is an important planning document that reflects the values and aspirations of the regional community.

The RCS defines a long-term vision and outcomes for land, water, and biodiversity management. It identifies priority places to direct investment. Renewal of the RCS is a great opportunity to review and reset for 2021-27, considering current challenges and opportunities.

The new RCS will have an increased emphasis on aligning with the aspirations of the region's Traditional Owners and responding to climate change.

We are working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning so that biodiversity related outcomes from this consultation will also inform their regional Biodiversity Response Planning.

Have your say

We are currently collating feedback provided via the online survey and interactive map, which was open between 3 March and 1 June. A summary of outcomes will be reported back here. Those who contributed and provided an email address, will be notified when that occurs.

Five Regional Roundtable workshops were planned for March, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. We are committed to hearing from our communities and intend to reschedule face-to-face workshops when it is safe to do so. We are also planning some remote engagement activities as an alternative (if necessary) and complementary way of building on the feedback collected to date.

For more information on COVID-19 you can refer the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus


Interactive Map

Thank you for your contributions to the interactive map.

My Favourite Place

Winners of our PIN-POST-PIC your favourite place competition will be notified directly.

Draft RCS Priority Places

We are not accepting further comments on the draft RCS priority places at time, however you can still explore the map and provide any further coments in the next stage of consultaiton. Click on the layers icon (top left) to view the legend. Zoom in to explore.

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Local Areas

The 2021-27 North Central RCS will define Local Areas that reflect the region’s unique communities. Our current thinking is shown on the map below - four areas based on dominant land use and demographics. We want to know if these boundaries make sense to the people who live and work in the region. We also want to better understand; the key issues, challenges and priorities for the communities in each area.

Hover over the icons on the RCS Local Area Map below to view information about each Local Area. Feedback about these Local Areas and other aspects of the RCS, has been captured in the online survey below, which is now closed. There will be further opportunities to comment in the next stage of consultation.

This is a map of the Regional Catchment Strategy local areas that show Irrigated riverine at the north, Midlands in the centre, Dryland plains in the north west and southern uplands in the south
Irrigated Riverine
Dryland Plains
Southern Uplands


This survey is designed to gather local knowledge and better understand the values and priorities of our regional community. Outcomes will inform our review of priority places
In which Local Area do you live? Required
Regarding the Local Areas shown on the map above
Strongly agree
Strongly disagree
The boundary of my Local Area makes sense
The description of my Local Area is accurate
What are the key challenges for rural landholders and community-based NRM groups in your Local Area? (pick your top five)

Managing our precious natural resources requires government, rural landholders and communtiy volunteers to work together.

What is needed to support landholders and the community to play their part into the future?
How would you rate the overall health of the following natural resources in your Local Area?
Very good
Very poor
Biodiversity (native flora and fauna)
Over the past 10 years how would you rate the overall health of these natural resources:
Stayed the same
Biodiversity (native flora and fauna)
What are the top three threats to waterways, wetlands, soils and biodiversity (native flora and fauna) in your Local Area?

e.g. River healthy and full of native fish. Healthy productive soil on my farm

About you

We use answers to the following questions to better understand our audience.

Are you responding to this survey as:
Tick one description that best describes where you spend most of your time and effort:

If you own or lease a farm/conservation property, please answer the next three questions.

Please tick the descriptions that best describe the property’s main land use:

Specify acres or hectares

Are you an absentee landholder?

We will only use your email to keep you informed of RCS devleopment progress - to report back on consultation outcomes, let you know when the draft RCS is ready for comment etc.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Privacy Collection Notice

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

The information you provide will be used to inform the development of Regional Catchment Strategy 2021-27 and regional Biodiversity Response Planning. Your contact details will be used to keep you informed of the process including further opportunities for input.

You may access the information you have provided by contacting Nina Cunningham, Project Manager at the North Central CMA via 5440 1853 or nina.cunningham@nccma.vic.gov.au