The Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) is the State Government’s key advisory body on catchment management. As an independent, expert body, the Council is well placed to influence change in working towards its vision for catchment management in Victoria, taking a statewide, long-term and strategic view.
VCMC’s Vision: Victoria will have healthy rivers flowing through ecologically sustainable and productive catchments.
The VCMC is appointed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act). Its major statutory roles are: to advise the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Water, and any other Minister as requested, on land and water management issues; to report annually on the operation of the CaLP Act; and to report every five years on the environmental condition and management of Victoria's land and water resources, through the VCMC Catchment Condition Report.
I welcome this opportunity to lead the new VCMC, appointed by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, The Hon Lisa Neville. The appointments have brought together a group of Victorians with a collective NRM knowledge aimed at shaping the State's natural resources future directions. The Council membership reflects a strength of commitment to working towards continuous improvement of and support for our 10 catchment management regions through strong collaboration.
There is much to commend the Victorian model of catchment management and in particular the relationships with the regional and local communities. How we collectively continue to improve this engagement is critical to improved NRM in Victoria. To that end VCMC's aim will also be firmly focused on ensuring strong ties are maintained at all levels with the 10 Catchment Management Authorities in the various forums provided as well as our Departmental colleagues.
I also acknowledge here the work of our predecessors in the VCMC, for their contribution collectively to natural resource management in Victoria. In particular former Chair, Mick Murphy OAM, has led the VCMC in promoting the Victorian model and I congratulate him and his fellow members.
Angus Hume, Chair