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A Healthy Catchment

The Catchment is not just about collecting and storing water. Itís also about what the quality of the water leaving it says about land uses and practices in the catchment. Most people want to leave the land in as good or better condition for generations to come. Thatís not a new concept. What is new are the challenges facing our countryside: climate change, an increasing population and development of rural areas. These challenges mean that many farming practices of the past are no longer sustainable because they do not fit with the changes to rural Australia that have occurred in recent years.

Concern about catchment health is a recognition that we all need to leave smaller footprints on the land. The catchmentís natural assets - the flora and fauna, the soil and water - are our life support system, which enables us to produce the food we eat and the clothes we wear, catch the clean water we drink and helps clean the air we breathe. As a community, we need to recognise that those natural assets are vital for our future and we need to make changes now to preserve them for the future.

Conservation and restoration projects are now under way in many rural and urban areas. Itís a huge job because the land needs help in so many different ways but as a community we can make a huge impact. There are many projects that will help sustain the health of the land in the catchment, such as reshaping, planting, fencing and seeding. These all contribute to the restoration of the bushland, grasslands, wetlands, stream banks and river environments.

Getting Involved

Everyone can do something. Whatever your age, experience or circumstances, there are many ways you can contribute now to help improve the future. Make a difference: leave a legacy by helping to create healthy landscapes for yourself and those who follow. Ways in which you might help include: joining a Landcare, Parkcare or Catchment Group; taking water quality measurements; managing a website; writing up media releases; creating posters and environmental displays; making presentations in schools and public meetings; managing a resource library; seeking sponsorship; writing grant applications; making a donation; or taking simple steps in your backyard to reduce your personal footprint. Contact us at the addresses on the contacts page.

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