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Regional environmental water planning - Mallee CMA presentation by Louise Searle

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Regional environmental water planning

Mallee CMA presentation by Louise Searle

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Regional environmental water planning - Mallee CMA presentation by Louise Searle

  1. 1. Regional environmental water planning Environmental Water Matters Forum www.malleecma.vic.gov.au
  2. 2. Overview More than 280 GL of environmental water has been delivered across the region since 2003/04 • Includes allocated and donated water Working with the community is central to the success of environmental watering • Planning • Delivery • Monitoring Credit: Kerry Whitelegg
  3. 3. Hattah Lakes Case Study Watering began in 2004/05 Prompted a negative reaction in some parts of the community • Negative media coverage • Vandalism to pump infrastructure Intense and targeted community engagement over many years has helped improve general community acceptance of watering
  4. 4. Taking action Individuals closest to site Communities of interest Broader community
  5. 5. Working with the community Indigenous stakeholders – on-site visits Landholders and irrigators License holders - apiarists, tourism operators Landcare and environment groups Industry groups Community Groups – progress associations, Rotary, schools, bird watchers etc Media – local and national Online communication – e-newsletters, Twitter etc
  6. 6. One-on-one discussions/site visits
  7. 7. Community tours/events
  8. 8. General community
  9. 9. Direct engagement Hattah Lakes construction: • Engaged more than 4500 people in 2011/12 alone • Focusing on construction of environmental infrastructure and watering Current Hattah Lakes watering event: • Engaged approx. 3500 people since May 2014 • Working directly with people to discuss issues such as changes to access and water quality
  10. 10. Incorporating a range of interests and views Direct community input into regional strategies • Regional Catchment Strategy • Mallee Waterway Strategy • Environmental Water Management Plans Consultations with groups such as: • Wetland Evaluation Team (WET) • Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) • Land and Water Advisory Committee (LWAC) • Landholders consultation (private land)

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