CENTRAL WEST CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
Photo Stephen Hogan
Keeping you informed of NRM and environmental issues in the catchment
Message from the Chairman’s Desk
It gives me great pleasure to primary production background with a keen Resource Management
bring to you our first quarterly interest in strengthening rural communities, services and delivery
Catchment Newsletter for 2009, he is socially committed, with extensive local levels are not reduced.
the Autumn edition. government experience and is very interested
in balancing the interests of primary production Community partnerships and
Firstly I would like to introduce and the environment. effective engagement are key priorities
you to our two new Board for the Board to ensure that the community’s
members, Dr Anne Kerle and Tim The Board holds bi-monthly meetings at interests and issues are appropriately
Horan who, with the reappointed various locations throughout the catchment to represented. This year we will also be conducting
members Reg Kidd and Peter meet as many community members as possible a review of two significant Catchment
Weston, will be joining the existing Board and to gain insight into local issues. Our next Management Authority planning documents,
members John Davis, Bill Gillooly and myself. meeting will be held in Bathurst on 23 &24 April. the Strategic Plan and the Catchment Action
Come and join us, meet the new Board and Plan and will maintain a strong commitment for
Both new appointments bring a wealth discuss your local environmental issues. the protection and management of the iconic
of skills, possess leadership and extensive Macquarie Marshes.
experience that will compliment and add The Board reports to the Minister for Climate
value to the existing Board. Dr Anne Kerle is a Change and the Environment, the Deputy This year will provide many challenges and
Dubbo based ecologist with some thirty years Premier Carmel Tebbutt. We are responsible for opportunities for the Central West Catchment
experience in a range of environmental issues. the control, strategic direction and corporate Management Authority but we endeavour to
Anne is keen to assist land managers to develop governance of the Catchment Management continue working hard to care for and protect
innovative solutions for the challenges ahead. Authority to ensure relevance and best practice. our natural resources along with our community
Tim Horan is the current Mayor of The Board’s 2009 priorities include endeavouring Tom Gavel
Coonamble. He has a strong to retain our current staffing levels in this tight Chairman
economic environment, so that our Natural
AUTUMN 09 EDITION
ISSUE 6 vibrant communities .
. . health
Water Smart Expo 2 y l and
CMA Green Team 2 scap
Regional SoE 2
NRC Audit Report
Cultural Heritage Project 4
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Central West Catchment Trangie r
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Riv Narromine Gulgong
Geurie Cudgegong River
Tullamore iver Mudgee
The Central West CMA Green Team L–R:
Peak Hill Lake Windamere
Nicola Booth, Team Leader Lyndal Wilson,
Narromine High School students learn how
Lachlan Fish River
Alex Burgess and Steven Hobosi.
a wetland works with CMA’s Shona Whitfield.
Water Smart Expo Look out for the
Selling the message of being smarter with
water to all water users is a challenge, but one Green Team
taken up recently by the Central West CMA and REGIONAL STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT
its event partners, Narromine Shire Council and The Central West ‘Green Team’ consists of four FOR THE COUNCILS OF THE GREATER CENTRAL WEST REGION OF NSW
BATHURST, BLAYNEY, BOURKE, BREWARRINA, CABONNE, COONAMBLE, DUBBO,
Macquarie River Food and Fibre, at the second skilled staff who are contracted to assist 12 GILGANDRA, LACHLAN, MID-WESTERN, NARROMINE, OBERON, ORANGE, WARREN,
WARRUMBUNGLE, WEDDIN AND WELLINGTON
WaterSmart Expo at Narromine Aero Club. Councils across the catchment to undertake 2007–2008 SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
It was a two-day event providing the latest major environmental projects that include
information on water use efficiency, technology riparian restoration, wetland rehabilitation,
and design for all water users – in the home, bush regeneration and revegetation.
office, community or on farm. The ‘Green Team’, as they are commonly
Expo Coordinator and Catchment Coordinator referred to, will work alongside Council staff
– Water Management, Jessica Brown said this and community groups to help build capacity, Regional State of the
year’s event was fantastic in terms of it tapping
into the best available information.
practical skills and share knowledge of
rehabilitation techniques in remnant vegetation
‘The Central West CMA was able to offer really throughout the central west.
practical information about how to save water. This project is a partnership with the Central The Central West CMA is pleased to have
The WaterSmart Website launched at the Expo West Salinity and Water Quality Alliance, namely supported the first Regional State of the
will now allow individuals and communities a group of Councils and the CMA who are Environment (SoE) Report for 2007–2008.
to monitor their water use in an ongoing way. committed to improving the management The report is the result of a collaboration
‘We’d like to see all water users in the and condition of our natural resources. between 17 Councils and the CMA. It provides
catchment making smarter choices about the The Green Team commenced their first project a snapshot into the region that will enable the
way water is used.’ with Orange City Council in early February on community and the Councils of the Central
To find out what your water footprint is, log an important roadside remnant vegetation West and Western region to gain a better
on to http://cw.cma.nsw.gov.au/watersmart community and has since been working with understanding of the state of the environment
Bathurst, Coonabarabran and Warren Councils in a regional context.
on their environmental projects. The Regional SoE Report is a supplementary
Board member Reg Kidd said ‘The CMA document that supports the comprehensive
has invested $350,000 to support the 2004–2005 SoE reports from the participating
Alliance Project which is proving to be a great Councils.
management tool that will build capacity and The monitoring and reporting on the state
benefit the whole catchment with targeted of the environment over time will increase our
environmental action.’ understanding of the pressures placed on our
Keep an eye out for the Green Team in their environment and their impacts which therefore
brightly designed machine throughout the will enable us to respond more appropriately.
central west. During the month of May they Working together as a region enables
will be in Wellington and Dubbo undertaking us to share data, ideas and knowledge on
Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton project work. environmental practices, sustainability reporting
checking his water footprint on and innovation, improving the success of
the WaterSmart website at collaborative programs and strengthens regional
the 2009 WaterSmart Expo links.
This regional report has established a
benchmark for SoE reporting. It is an accessible
environmental management tool for all
community members and Councils in the Central
West and Western region to access and to help
identify and monitor key environmental issues
‘I encourage everyone in the Central West
catchment to view this valuable document
Please contact your and to gain insight into the status of our
nearest Central West environment, I am sure you will find it an
CMA office for assistance or informative and interesting document, full
support about any Natural Resource of interesting case studies’ Tom Gavel said.
The report can be obtained from our website
Management issue or potential project.
or from the participating Councils’ websites with
Reduce paper use by receiving this
hardcopies available from the relevant offices.
Land manager Janet Moore
with CMA staff member
Clayton Miller checking
the fencing and tree
planting on the property
PROPERTY CASE STUDY — MTW2
By 2016, 600km of identified priority water courses will be stabilised
and managed to control sediment migration and reduce nutrient input.
Mary Goodacre (centre) identifying plants and discussing their value
with a group of Goolma land mangers.
Water quality and
PROPERTY CASE STUDY gully stabilisation project
Management Target MTSA6 Outside of Bathurst, Janet and Doug Moore manage
By 2016, 300,000 ha of dryland cropping landscapes in the catchment will be undertaking
farming systems that increase water use efficiency.
a mixed farming enterprise ‘Bidgeeribbin’ and have
embarked on some major environmental works to increase
water quality and address the severe erosion problems
Footprint project makes an impression on their land.
‘When we first arrived over nine years ago we were
The Central West CMA has been managing a sizeable project funded by NSW horrified with the massive soil/erosion and gully problems,’
State Salinity Enhancement Program that directed $450,000 to improve salinity Janet said.
management. We commenced projects due to the funding support
The Footprint project is a collaborative venture involving contributions from: and helpful direction received from the Bathurst CMA
• 7 Central West CMA staff and 1 Department of Primary Industries staff member Catchment Officer, Clayton Miller. The project aimed to
• 3 contractors as partners (DECC, GeoSciences Australia, CSIRO) improve water quality and address serious erosion issues,
• Technical support provided from Central West CMA and DECC staff as sand was travelling down the gullies when it rained.
• 25 land managers The project involved 1.8km of riparian fencing that
The project commenced in September 2008 by prioritising salinity management excluded grazing from 5.4km of gullied area. All in all,
actions at a specific sub catchment in the Central West. Groundwater flow systems 36ha of riparian corridors were managed for erosion
and surface water quality assessments were used to highlight priority areas. and sediment control. There was over 3000 native trees
Hydrogeological maps at 1:100,000 scale were used to highlight farm based and shrubs planted to revegetate the site, this created a
opportunities and priorities for farm management. significant riparian corridor down two drainage lines with
The project actively engaged landholders in a range of projects and management wind breaks that established shelter for bird movement.
practices, as well as increasing the rate of participation in natural resource Since fencing of the area we have full plant coverage
management issues. and when it rains there is no sand run off, therefore the
The Footprint project has been responsible for engaging landholders and building water entering the river is clean.
rapport in the sub catchment. Goolma land manager and project participant Lesley In summary the project decreased the amount of
Hawkins said, ’Footprint provided a great opportunity to mobilise and build capacity sediment and nutrients travelling downstream into the
with district farmers to work together on issues relevant to us. The field days and Campbell’s River (Bathurst water supply) thus improving
workshops were really interesting and ‘hands on’ providing better understanding the water quality. Other project benefits included
of natural resource management. significant vegetation and biodiversity outcomes that
We now have the confidence to tackle future environmental projects on our land.’ maintained habitat values and created a wildlife corridor
that links existing remnants across the property.
Taking Action the Central West
CMA is taking steps to reduce
Update The Central West CMA was recently audited by the Natural Resources
our environmental footprint. on the The NRC was created by the Natural Resources Commission Act 2003
to establish a sound scientific basis for properly informed management
We have contracted the services
of EcoSteps who have conducted NRC of natural resources in the social, economic and environmental interests
of the State. The Government has adopted the NRC recommended
an audit that assesses our
current situation and makes Audit Standard for Quality Natural Resource Management (the Standard) and
the state-wide targets for NRM. The targets now form priority E4 of the
recommendations for future
improvements. The audit covers
report NSW Government’s State Plan.
The Standard and targets provide a quality assurance framework and
energy/carbon, office material,
clear goals to ensure that the investments of the NSW and Australian
particularly paper consumption,
Governments and others in the activities of CMAs are cost effective,
fleet use and fuel and water.
protect and improve high value natural resource assets, and maximise
The report was submitted
integrated NRM outcomes from the property scale to the State scale.
to CMA management in late
The Standard and targets support flexible and innovative regional
March. We intend to reduce our
planning, investment and decision-making while ensuring consistency,
footprint and lead by example
rigour and accountability for NRM in NSW.
for a sustainable future.
The Central West CMA’s Audit report will be available shortly at
T 6840 7800
F 6840 7801
PO Box 227
141 Percy St
and cultural values in NRM New South Wales
WELLINGTON NSW 2820 A key partnership between Department of Environment
BATHURST & Climate Change (DECC), Central West CMA and
T 6339 4905
F 6339 4949
PO Box 1480 During the past 18 months the CMA , DECC and Aboriginal communities in the landscape. It
140 William St communities across the central west have been actively encompasses a whole of environment
BATHURST NSW 2795
involved in a significant Aboriginal Knowledge and perspective based on Aboriginal peoples’
DUBBO Cultural Values natural resource management project. connection to country. The communities have
The project funded by the National Heritage Trust and received help to apply for CMA Cultural Heritage
T 6881 3400 National Action Plan for Salinity is a government- Incentive funding.
F 6881 3401 community partnership aimed to increase the involvement The successful applications have established
PO Box 2105
of Aboriginal people in the management of natural strong partnerships with community, Local Government,
resources across the catchment. Aboriginal Land Councils and other organisations to meet
211 Macquarie St
DUBBO NSW 2830 The project employs 38 Aboriginal members in a variety community interests.
of positions. The positions consist of an Aboriginal Regional The Project Team will return in the coming months
Coordinator, an Aboriginal Administrative Officer, two with mapped information in usable formats that support
GILGANDRA Aboriginal Technical Officers, 9 Aboriginal Community environmental and NRM outcomes. This will assist
T 6847 2923 Facilitators (ACF) and 24 Aboriginal Community Liaison communities to lead projects that will provide long term
F 6847 2997 Officers. opportunities for the management of their country.
PO Box 181 The Aboriginal members along with CMA and DECC
23 Warren Rd staff ran a number of successful Aboriginal community
GILGANDRA NSW 2827 workshops. The workshops listened to local issues,
mapped values as illustrated in the map and provided
MUDGEE feedback and outcomes.
The Aboriginal Community Facilitators (ACF),
T 6372 4044
Regional Assessment Coordinator and technical staff
F 6372 6719
PO Box 174 have all successfully completed industry recognised
90 Market St training.
MUDGEE NSW 2850 The Regional Coordinator completed a Diploma in
Community Coordination and Facilitation, Indigenous
Land Management and the Technical staff completed
Certificate 3 in General Land Management (mapping).
T 6832 1303 A number of the facilitators used the Values,
F 6832 1031 Interests and Priorities (VIP) mapping which identifies
PO Box 121
91B Pangee St An example of mapped values by community using
NYNGAN NSW 2825 Value – Interest – Priority (VIP) mapping
T 6363 8600
F 6363 8601
PO Box 1344
39 William St
Board Profile: Peter Weston
ORANGE NSW 2800
TRANGIE Peter is a landholder with a long family history of land management in the Nyngan area. He now
manages 26,000 ha with the amalgamation of eight properties. Since 1962 he has been involved
T 6880 8028 in the restoration and development of his property to manage a diverse range of plant species in
F 6888 7201 conjunction with his grazing property.
PO Box 181 He possesses a wide knowledge of flora and fauna species in the central west, is passionate about
woody weed regrowth management to ensure long term benefits in NRM with profitable farming
TRANGIE NSW 2823
enterprises that achieve biodiversity.
Central West CMA Board Central West CMA Management Team
Tom Gavel Chairman Tim Ferraro General Manager
John Davis Director Chris Ambler Business Manager
Bill Gillooly AM Director Jane Chrystal Program Manager (Implementation)
Tim Horan Director Carolyn Raine Program Manager (Strategy & Planning)
Dr Anne Kerle Director
Reg Kidd Director
Peter Weston Director