Strategic Plan 2012



Vision

“An environmentally clean, balanced ecology supporting a prosperous community in which people respect each other’s use of the catchment and waterways”

Mission

Promote sustainable land use and reduce nutrient loading of waterways, lakes and inlets. Encourage biodiversity and conservation of our natural environment with community involvement and understanding.

Focus Area

The Torbay catchment of 30,000 hectares is located between the towns of Albany and Denmark and includes some 600 landholdings. From Redmond in the north to the Southern Ocean, the catchment land use is predominantly agricultural. Significant conservation values are found in wetland, natural bush and coastal habitats.

Aims

  1. Promote the aims and objectives of the Torbay Catchment Group
  2. Maintain long term viability of the Torbay Catchment Group
  3. Develop and implement the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan
  4. Value, inform and involve a diverse membership
  5. Provide an effective support base for group operations

1. Promotion and Awareness

Promote the aims and objectives of the Torbay Catchment Group

Strategies

  • Maintain regular project reports and newsletters
  • Raise group profile and seek media promotion
  • Promote conservation at public forums

Outcomes

  • Increased Torbay Catchment Group profile and project support
  • Increased awareness and participation of the wider community
  • Incorporation of best management practice into all aspects of land use

2. Funding and Sponsorship

Maintain long term viability of the Torbay Catchment Group

Strategies

  • Build strong relationships with stakeholder organisations and funding bodies
  • Continued application of project funding
  • Develop sponsorship opportunities
  • Encourage long term and new membership

Outcomes

  • Successfully acquit project funding
  • Sponsor recognition
  • Long term financial security

3. Restoration Plan

Review and implement the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan

Strategies

  • Protection and management of the waterways of Torbay Catchment
  • Ensure adequate water allocation to maintain ecological environment
  • Habitat and biodiversity management
  • Encourage sustainable, best practice farming principles
  • Community education and information

Outcomes

  • Lower environmental impacts and public health risks
  • Established engagement with stakeholders to influence future usage
  • Coastal, wetland and remnant bush habitat maintained
  • Reduced impact of nutrient loss into the environment
  • Increased awareness of catchment value and priority issues

4. Membership

Value, inform and involve a diverse membership

Strategies

  • Provide membership opportunities
  • Encourage participation and increase social activities
  • Spread volunteer workloads

Outcomes

  • Landholder, local government and stakeholder participation
  • Increased member to member liaison
  • Satisfied, involved and informed membership

5. Service and Facilities

Provide an effective support base for group operations

Strategies

  • Establish an efficient and committed team
  • Identify resource assistance programs
  • Develop systems that streamline administrative operations

Outcomes

  • Equitable spread of workloads
  • Happy, informed, involved and enthusiastic team
  • Recognition as a professionally managed organisation

Torbay Catchment Group Committee 2012

Chair:  Pip Tilbrook
Vice Chair:  John Blaney-Murphy
Treasurer:  Graeme Heighton
Secretary:  Wendy Coffey
Committee Members:  Des Wolfe, Maurice McCormick, Phillip Marshall, Keith Smith, Charlie Gilbert, Roger Hirley