- Landcare & Catchment Management
Landcare & Catchment Management
QMDC is supported by, and works in partnership with, a number of Landcare groups and the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers Catchment Management Associations.
There are more than 160 Landcare groups in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin, a number that continues to grow as landholders and community members recognise the benefits of being involved.
QMDC works closely with Landcare groups through the Sub-Catchment Planning program and a range of other projects.
In fact, Sub-Catchment Planning groups are also Landcare groups, in which the members are landholders within a defined catchment area.
Landcare group activities vary from region to region, and are very localised, but, generally, Landcare provides opportunities for:
- Sharing ideas and information with like minded people, at local, state, national and international levels
- Making a difference to the condition of our land
- Individuals to lead and encourage others
- Access to information on programs to assist Landcare projects
- Access to technical expertise and guest speakers
- Support through the Landcare Coordinator network.
Landcare Coordinators are employed by nine regional landcare groups in the Border Rivers and Maranoa-Balonne catchments, with funding assistance from QMDC, and forming a network that services the entire QMDC region. Their role is to raise the awareness and facilitate the adoption of sound Landcare practices, mainly through Sub-Catchment Planning groups. Contact your nearest Landcare Coordinator.
Catchment Management Associations (CMAs) are groups of community members and industry/government representatives in recognised catchments. These groups are active across much of Queensland, and interstate, but operate in different ways, according to what is most relevant locally.
CMAs tend to be bigger than local Landcare groups, include representation from local Landcare groups, and can sometimes have a broader influence than these groups.
The two Catchment Management Associations (CMAs) that support QMDC's work within our region are active members of the QMDC community committee, with members represented on our Executive, thus influencing the direction of the organisation.