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 invite you to have your say. Tell us what you think the priorities should be, to protect and enhance the region’s precious natural places.

We were planning to hold five Regional Roundtable workshops in March. However all face-to-face activities have been postponed due to COVID-19.

We are committed to hearing from our communities and will let you know when the sessions are rescheduled.

In the meantime, you can have your say via the interactive map and survey below, until 1 June 2020.

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

My Favourite Place

PIN-POST-PIC your favourite place to be in the running to win one of four $100 vouchers from a local business

- PIN your favourite place on the map (e.g. riverside, bush, farm)

- POST a comment and tell us why you love it

- Upload a PIC

Draft RCS Priority Places

Review the draft RCS priority places - waterways, wetlands and biodiversity (native flora and fauna). Click on the layers icon (top left) to view the legend. Zoom in and explore the map.

PIN a location to POST your comment.

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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. Then you can provide your feedback about Local Areas and other aspects of the RCS, in the survey below.

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 (assets) and the development of actions for the RCS.
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.

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