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 4.1 Western region overview
Table 4.1.1 International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum categories and participation goals1
 IAP2 level
  Engagement goal
   Inform
 Provide balanced and objective information to assist understanding, alternatives, opportunities and/or solutions
  Consult
  Obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions
   Involve
 Work directly throughout a process to ensure that concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered
   Collaborate
  Partner in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution
   Empower
   Place final decision making in the hands of the stakeholder
  1 The VEWH has the permission of the International Association for Public Participation to reproduce the IAP2 Spectrum.
Tables 4.1.2, 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 show the partners, stakeholder organisations and individuals with which Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Mallee CMA, North Central CMA and Wimmera CMA engaged when preparing their seasonal watering proposals. This includes engagement conducted as part of developing the seasonal watering proposals as well as engagement during the preparation of key foundational documents that directly informed the proposals. VEWH staff were also consulted for operational information as part of the development of all annual seasonal watering proposals by CMAs.
The tables also show the level of engagement between the CMAs and stakeholders of the environmental watering program in the western region based on the CMAs’ interpretations of the IAP2 Spectrum.
The level of engagement differs between organisations and between systems depending on the availability, capacity
or interest of stakeholders to participate; the roles and responsibilities of organisations in managing a site or system; and the potential interaction of proposed watering with other activities on the waterway. For example, in the Wimmera region, councils have a strong involvement in environmental flows planning and delivery, because they manage town weir pools in Horsham, Dimboola and Jeparit through which environmental flows must pass. Councils in the Wimmera region have also expressed a strong interest in water for the environment, because of the benefits watering provides the region’s economy, tourism and environment. The Wimmera CMA works with these councils in the planning process and during the year to incorporate any aspirations or concerns. In other parts of the western region, local governments are less involved in management and may only need to be informed of the seasonal watering proposals.
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