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.
The Minister for Water, Lisa Neville MP, recently announced that the current term of the Victorian Catchment Management Council would be its last. Council's term ended on 12 October 2021. As our term has drawn to a close, on behalf of the whole Council I would like to thank you for being a supporter of the VCMC and its work over the years. Much of what we have achieved could not have been done without the significant input of our partners and stakeholders, especially the Catchment Management Authorities.
Council members look forward to seeing integrated catchment management grow and strengthen in Victoria, keeping us as world leaders in this field.
As part of the closing down activities of the VCMC, Council has written a report which looks at the history and legacy of the VCMC. Council members past and present, and many stakeholders and friends of the VCMC contributed to the report, and it is a great legacy and resource for catchment management in Victoria. You can download the report here.
Alana Johnson, Former Chair