March 7, 2013
Victorian farmers have the perfect opportunity to help shape Victorian Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Boards, with nominations being called. “Getting onto CMA boards gives farmers a say in waterway and wetland management, management of pests and weeds, as well as the distribution of state funding for Landcare and funding for other natural resource management projects. “Victoria’s ten CMAs have considerable influence over sustainable development and regional development and farmers with a strong interest in natural resource management should apply,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said today. “Victoria’s CMAs play a significant role in managing each region’s land, biodiversity and water resources. The VFF is urging Victorian farmers to apply for a position on the Board of their local CMA to ensure farmers’ perspectives are taken into consideration when decisions are being made,” Mr Tuohey said. “Many of Victoria’s farmers have vast experience in areas such as business planning, financial management, primary industry and water resource management, all of which would make for a prime candidate in a CMA Board member. “In the past, the VFF has successfully lobbied for a requirement for no less than 50% of CMA board members to be primary producers. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in your region. “While farmers are conscious of the need for healthy rivers, ecologically sustainable and productive catchments, they are also astutely aware of the implications catchment management has on farmers’ ability to farm. By nominating themselves to be part of a CMA Board, they can ensure rural concerns are kept front of mind. “At the end of the day, the more positions of relevance occupied by farmers and farm leaders, the stronger our ability to influence vital local policy decisions,” Mr Tuohey concluded Expressions of interest for Board Member positions on CMA’s are currently being sought from the community. Applications close 5pm 19th March 2013.