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ABOUT West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

A natural resource management organisation based right here in Gippsland. Working with local farmers, Landcare and many other great partners to improve catchment health.

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) was established by the State Government in 1997 to manage land and water resources in the West Gippsland region. They take this role seriously and their aim, as a leader in natural resource management, is to inspire partnerships and action to achieve improved catchment health.

 

About West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
What's your main line of business?

Catchment health! We work with our community and partners to try to protect and enhance Gippsland’s precious natural environment. A catchment is the whole area from the mountains to the ocean that ‘catches’ rainfall or snowmelt. We work on the land and rivers to help improve waterway health

Why is Gippsland a great place to do business?

The people and the landscape. From our perspective, Gippsland is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in Australia. We’ve got natural resources that all of Victoria need and we’ve got a landscape that needs to be protected.

What's one thing about your business that you wish others understood better?

Why we’re called West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, when we work right across half of Gippsland, from San Remo to Loch Sport, right up to the Baw Baws. For the purposes of our work, Gippsland has been divided into two, west and east. We work in the western half of Gippsland, although we do work very closely with our partners at East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Why do you support Gippslandia?

We’ve supported Gippslandia for quite a few years. For us, we can see that Gippslandia is trying to connect Gippslanders to each other and build a sense of pride in our region. We couldn’t be more aligned with this vision. We’re proud Gippslanders who love our community and our environment. It’s a natural fit.

Why is it important to your business to support local initiatives?

We can’t ‘fix’ or ‘look after’ the environment here alone. It takes government, agencies, community groups and individuals to commit to working together to make a difference. The same goes for local initiatives. If someone tries to run them, but no one get’s on board it just won’t work. If we want Gippsland to be the kind of place where the community is supported and connected, we’ve got to get involved.

What do you love about being based in Gippsland?

We’re sounding like geeky, nature nerds (if the shoe fits?!), but the environment here has everything. Coast, snow, forest, rivers, lakes – it really does have the lot.

What does a successful and supportive community look like to you?

It’s a community that participates. That gets out and gets involved. We’ve got a great community that works with us. They’re active, passionate and always keen to get their hands dirty.

Share with us your hot tip, how can visitors have the best time in our region?

Through our line of work, we’re privy to some of Gippsland’s best kept secrets! While the Prom never disappoints, we’d also recommend a trip to Minnie Ha Ha falls or Tarra Bulga National Park. If the coast is more your thing, it’s hard to go past the George Bass Coastal Walk near Kilcunda, a surf at the Powlett River Mouth or a drive along the Bunurong Coast road, between Cape Paterson and Inverloch.

What exciting plans do you have for your business in the coming months?

Anyway they want! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also sign up to our email list at wgcma.vic.gov.au and let us know what you’d like to hear about, we will then be in touch with you about those topics.

What's the best way for Gippslandia's readers to get in touch with your business?

Anyway they want! We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also sign up to our email list at wgcma.vic.gov.au and let us know what you’d like to hear about, we will then be in touch with you about those topics.

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