December 14, 2021

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Wannon Water have strengthened their partnership by signing a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Corangamite CMA and Wannon Water executives have been working on an MoU over the past two years. The agreement supports the two organisations work together and the development of joint works projects.

One of these projects is developing a Gellibrand River improvement project using a natural accounts methodology to improve river health values, enhance environmental flows and secure the water supply and water quality for Warrnambool.

This MoU strengthens the collaborative relationship between the two authorities and promotes cooperation and joint action to maintain and improve the Corangamite region’s catchment health.

Corangamite CMA Chair Cath Jenkins said the two authorities had shared interests in the long-term management of water and its importance to the health of the Corangamite region.

“I welcome this important agreement which formalises and strengthens the existing relationship between the Corangamite CMA and Wannon Water,” said Mrs Jenkins.

“I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to achieve the common goal of maintaining and improving catchment health,” continued Mrs Jenkins.

Mrs Jenkins stated further, “This MoU reflects a partnership approach to managing river health within our shared boundary. Together we share a strong commitment to protect and enhance waterway and catchment health”.

Wannon Water Chair Jacinta Ermacora said there was a symbiotic relationship between the health of our environment and the sustainable harvesting of water for communities in our region.

“The MoU provides a framework to ensure we keep the balance right,” Ms Ermacora said.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with the CMA, drawing on the skills and knowledge of staff from both organisations.”

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