The catchment is an area of land determined by natural, topographic features or boundaries like hills and mountain ranges of the countryside where water drains to its lowest level. This is often the estuary, which opens into the sea. Catchments form a management unit for land and water because most of the environmental impacts happen within them. Large catchments have many smaller sub-catchments.

‘Total Catchment Approach’ (TCA) uses the catchment of an area as the management unit of natural resources and is implemented by the regional Catchment Management Authority. The regional offices for catchment authorities in the Hunter- central rivers Catchment Authority region are in Gosford, Tocal, Taree and Muswelbrook and covers all the areas between Taree in the north to Gosford in the south and Newcastle to the east to the Great Dividing Ranges in the west.

The Hunter- Central Rivers Catchment Authority (CMA) was established to involve regional communities in the management of their catchment and to develop and implement "Catchment Action Plans".

The "Water for Life " webpage by the NSW government is a great resource for any issues in relation to water management.  

Click to view enlarged map. The map shows the regional Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment area. Click to view an enlarged map.

The Catchment Action Plan:

In January 2006 the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has developed a 10 year  Catchment Action Plan (CAP). The blueprint was prepared after extensive community consultation to 'guide the management of natural resources in their catchments'. (CMA, 2006).

The CAP intends to identify the key natural resources  in our area which need protection or improvement. It also determines the best methods to achieve this.

Any questions regarding the draft -