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 2.1 Gippsland region overview
Table 2.1.1 International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum categories and participation goals1
  IAP2 level
   Engagement goal
 Provide balanced and objective information to assist understanding, alternatives, opportunities and/or solutions
   Obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decisions
 Work directly throughout a process to ensure that concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered
  Partner in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution
   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.
Table 2.1.2 shows the partners, stakeholder organisations and individuals with which West Gippsland CMA engaged when preparing the Latrobe River, lower Latrobe wetlands, Thomson and Macalister systems’ 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 table also shows the level of engagement between West Gippsland CMA and stakeholders of the environmental watering program in the Gippsland region based on the CMA’s interpretation 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, roles
and responsibilities of organisations in managing a site or system, and potential interaction of proposed watering
with other activities on the waterway. For example, in the Gippsland region, Parks Victoria is more involved in planning and management of water for the environment for the lower Latrobe wetlands than for other systems, because it is the land manager for Dowd Morass and Sale Common and it operates the regulators used to release water to these sites.
Table 2.1.2 Partners and stakeholders engaged by West Gippsland CMA in developing seasonal watering proposals for the Latrobe River, lower Latrobe wetlands, Thomson River and Macalister River systems and other key foundation documents that have directly informed the proposals
    Latrobe River
   Lower Latrobe wetlands
  Thomson River
  Macalister River
   Community groups and environment groups
    IAP2 level: Inform
• Greening Australia
• Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists
• Native Fish Australia
  IAP2 level: Inform
• Greening Australia
• Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists
• Native Fish Australia
   IAP2 level: Involve
• Heyfield Wetlands Committee
• Cowwarr Landcare Group
• Waterwatch volunteers
 IAP2 level: Involve
• Environment Victoria
• Maffra and districts Landcare network
• Native Fish Australia
   IAP2 level: Inform
• Landcare groups
• Birdlife Australia
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