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3.1 Central region overview
There are six systems in the central region that can receive managed environmental flows: the Yarra and Tarago in the east and the Werribee, Maribyrnong, Moorabool and Barwon (upper Barwon River and lower Barwon wetlands) in the west.
Environmental values, recent conditions, environmental watering objectives and planned actions for each system in the central region are presented in the system sections that follow.
Traditional Owners in the central region
Traditional Owners in the central region have a deep connection to the region’s rivers, wetlands and floodplains.
The Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation (trading as Wadawurrung) and Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation are the Registered Aboriginal Parties for the areas incorporating waterways covered by this section of the seasonal watering plan.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation is also a Registered Aboriginal Party within the geographic area, but the Gunaikurnai waterways managed with water for
the environment are covered under the Gippsland region section of the seasonal watering plan.
Engagement
Seasonal watering proposals are informed by community, stakeholder and program partner engagement, as well as longer-term regional catchment strategies, regional waterway strategies, relevant technical studies (such
as environmental flows studies and environmental
water management plans). Program partners and other stakeholders help to identify environmental watering priorities and opportunities for the coming year. The strategies and technical reports collectively describe a range of environmental, cultural, economic, social and Traditional Owner perspectives and longer-term integrated catchment and waterway management objectives that influence environmental watering actions and priorities.
The International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum (IAP2 Spectrum) has been used
to categorise the levels of participation of stakeholders involved in the environmental watering planning process. Table 3.1.1 shows the IAP2 Spectrum categories and participation goals.
3.1 Central region overview
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