THE future management direction of the region’s land, water, biodiversity and coastal areas for the next six years is up for discussion.

The Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) is being renewed for the fourth time, building on the success of previous strategies.

“The RCS is a vitally important planning document that will inform priorities for action to look after and care for the Gippsland environment over the next six years,” chair of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), Peter Jennings, said.

“With challenges like climate change, population growth [and] changes to land use, the next few years are going to be vitally important in where we place the priority to maintain the great environment we enjoy in this region.”

The RCS incorporates community and Traditional Owner priorities with those identified in government policies and legislation.

“We’ve been working with community groups, industry bodies and other government agencies for the last 18 months, and now we hope the broader community will come on board and provide their input,” Shelley McGuinness, RCS steering committee chair and WGCMA board member, said.

“The strategy covers eight ‘local areas’ based on landscapes ranging from the Bunurong Coast around Inverloch and Wonthaggi and extending up to Korumburra and Leongatha, Corner Inlet and Nooramunga, which includes townships such as Foster, Port Welshpool and Yarram.”

For the first time, the RCS review strategy has moved online and can be found at westgippslandrcs.vic.gov.au.

Comment and feedback can also be sent via mail to the WGCMA at PO Box 1374, Traralgon 3844.

Public input closes October 1.