Two major Victorian water companies have joined forces to meet the challenges of water reform, as well as the impacts of climate change and good catchment management.

North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Coliban Water have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely together on issues of shared interest.

North Central CMA Chair, David Clark said the MoU would allow for greater cooperation on shared interests such as integrated catchment management.

“Water reform, climate change and changing land use are likely to place increasing demands on water resources in north central Victoria,” he said.

“This will pose significant challenges in balancing the environmental, economic and social requirements for water, and require specific local solutions to achieve broader catchment goals.

“Working together to provide an integrated approach to catchment management will be important for the long-term health of regional communities and their economies, the catchments, water and the environment.”

Coliban Water Chair, Andrew Cairns, said the MoU strengthens the collaborative relationship between the two organisations.

“This will allow the protection or enhancement of the beneficial uses of catchment areas for community benefit, including sustaining local jobs, and the environment, with a focus on climate change,” he said.
“We will work to support each other to achieve our objectives, promote a streamlined approach and encourage joint actions.

The MoU includes a Joint Action Plan with a number of initiatives and projects.

“Projects, such as work to protect the Upper Coliban catchment, will be considered under the plan,” Mr Clark said.

“The Upper Coliban project will focus on an integrated approach to protecting a range of environmental values, improving water quality and helping secure long-term water supplies.”

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