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Our Region

Our region is an area of diverse landscapes and land-use that covers 13% of the state. It is bordered by the mighty Murray River to the north, which injects life into the land around it, the Great Dividing Range and Wombat State Forest to the south and Mt Camel Range to the east.

The region's main waterways are the Campaspe, Loddon, Avoca and Avon-Richardson rivers, which form part of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The natural environment also features box-ironbark forest, threatened riverine grasslands, internationally-significant wetlands and other unique biodiversity. The region is also rich in Indigenous and European cultural heritage.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority acknowledges Aboriginal Traditional Owners within the region, their rich culture and spiritual connection to Country. We also recognise and acknowledge the contribution and interest of Aboriginal people and organisations in land and natural resource management. 

Discover our region in a beautiful 3D map representation.

Our Responsibilities

The North Central CMA was established in 1997 under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and also has powers and functions under the Water Act 1989.

Delivery of the 2013-19 North Central Regional Catchment Strategy remains a core business function of our organisation. Our role as caretakers of the region's river health relies on our leadership and business performance including the management of the Environment Water Reserve created under the Water Act. We achieve this either directly or through our partnerships with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Tust for Nature, local government, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, water corporations, educational institutions, research institutes, the private sector and of course the communities we serve.

These important relationships allow the North Central CMA to continue to deliver significantly bigger and smarter NRM projects relating to:

  • waterways and wetlands
  • water quality
  • biodiversity
  • environmental water reserves
  • Landcare support and funding coordination
  • floodplain management and regional drainage
  • regional responses to climate change
  • salinity
  • threatened species recovery
  • pest plants and pest animals
  • vegetation enhancement and restoration
  • soil health
  • cultural heritage

We take pride in the role we play in managing our region's natural resources - land, water and biodiversity - it is what will ultimately support our efforts in sustaining our region's social and economic wellbeing for future generations.


Our Vision

Sustainably managed land, water and biodiversity resources that support productive and prosperous communities now and in the future.

Our Mission

We create natural resource management partnerships and programs that deliver lasting change.