VCMC decided to acknowledge and celebrate the establishment of the Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994) during 2014, the 20th anniversary of setting up the Catchment Management Framework in this State. The report is the outcome of that decision.
The selection of ten luminaries of the Catchment Management Framework over the period 1994-2014 was undertaken by the project team, Patricia Geraghty and Tracey Koper. Selection was based on criteria such as standing, state and regional perspectives, policy and operational experience, involvement in establishment and consolidation phases and potential diversity of perspectives. However, there are many more luminaries in the Catchment Management Framework in Victoria and they too should tell their stories.
The project team worked with consultants Annie Bolitho and Brian Coffey in the inception and development of the project. The report is the consultants’ work.VCMC Luminaries Report (352kb)
The Victorian Catchment Management Council (VCMC) has advocated for improved knowledge management in natural resources management (NRM) in Victoria for some year, primarily through the development of the Catchment Condition Reports in 2002 and 2007.
The VCMC undertook to develop an integrated knowledge frameworkfor NRM from the Victorian perspective, concentrating on the key principles and objectives, rather than the operational detail. The paper was developed through the VCMC's Catchment Condition and Knowledge Committee and the long-running Natural Resources Knowledge Management Expert Panel.Strategic Framework for Knowledge Management paper (0.3mb)
The VCMC has an ongoing commitment to Indigenous engagement in land and water management which has been demonstrated through its history in several ways.
In 2006, Council published a VCMC Position/Perspective Paper on Indigenous Engagement in Victoria, which presented an overview of the current status on Indigenous engagement in NRM in Victoria and provided advice on how Indigenous engagement within the catchment management framework in Victoria could be improved.
In mid-2009, VCMC hosted a statewide workshop for CMA-based Indigenous Facilitators and other regional staff to identify barriers and solutions to Indigenous participation in CMA-led NRM activities. A follow-up workshop was held in 2010 for CMAs and relevant state and federal agencies to consider ways to increase levels of Indigenous employment in NRM activities. The need for strong leaadership in Victoria to champion and facilitate involvement of Indigenous communities in NRM activities was identfied as a critical step in moving forward. VCMC is continuing its work in this area.
Aboriginal Participation Guidelines have been produced collaboratively by the Regional Indigenous Facilitators across all 10 Victorian CMAs, with significant consultation with Indigenous parties across the State. The Guidelines are a tool for use by CMAs to help establish a state-wide approach for improved participation and engagement of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities in natural resource management.
Our approach to catchment management is continously evolving. The Almanac is an attempt to identify and list events in chronological order.Catchment Management Almanac (0.4mb)