Have your say on draft river catchment plan

AN ORGANISATION seeking to improve management of resources in river catchments is seeking the views of the community about a draft plan released this week.

Launched on Monday, the draft Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan (CAP) has been prepared by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) following 18 months of consultation across community and government.

A statutory, non-regulatory plan, the draft CAP aims to protect and restore the natural resources of the northern rivers region by providing opportunities for all sectors of the community, including business and industry, to participate in sustainable natural resource management.

According to Northern Rivers CMA chair John Williams, the CAP is an all-of-government and all-of-community document which will provide clear direction for investment of local, NSW and Australian Government funding to manage regional natural resources over the next 10 years. It will be used by the CMA and other organisations to prioritise annual investment programs.

Replacing the existing Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan, the new plan focuses on landscape health and the community's capacity to manage natural resources.

"The CAP describes four socio-ecological landscapes across our region and considers each in terms of community capacity, soil health and biodiversity. These subregional areas are based primarily around 'communities of interest' and sub-catchments. They are used as a locally relevant framework for governance, planning and delivery of natural resource management activities," he said.

The draft Catchment Action Plan will be on public exhibition until November 9. Submissions can be made in writing to the NRCMA or online at yoursay.northern.cma

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