Transitional Catchment Action Plan
The transitional Central Tablelands Catchment Actions Plan (CAP) was developed primarily from the Central West and Lachlan Catchment Management Authority CAPs, supplemented by input from the Hawkesbury Nepean and Hunter Central Rivers CAPs. Revised CAPs for these four regions were approved by the Minister for Primary Industries, therefore a complete rewrite on establishment of Local Land Services (LLS) was not required. Instead, the key components have been retained, with a particular focus on:
- Utilising the existing information and knowledge base;
- Keeping the strong community ownership;
- Using the existing vision, goals, strategies and actions. This has required a synthesis of the approaches in the individual CAPs and the development of a new set of priorities to reflect the LLS region and operations; and
- Maintaining the whole of government approach.
The work of CMAs, community and government has not been lost in the development of this plan, instead it has been reviewed, synthesised and prioritised to meet LLS requirements. Some new data and information has been generated, especially for the new local landscape profiles, but the strategic foundation remains strongly grounded in the previous work of the CMAs and their local communities and government agencies. No new actions, goals or strategies have been developed, but the Transitional CAP does have a stronger focus on priority actions.
The Central Tablelands Transitional CAP deliberately shares a large number of common elements with the Central West Transitional CAP. This is seen as a strength in the initial stages of the Central West and Central Tablelands LLSs, as it allows the robustness of the previously developed and assessed CAPs to be used for NRM delivery and also facilitate whole of catchment approaches where required (e.g. for surface water management issues).
The Transitional CAP is intended for internal use by Central Tablelands LLS. It is focussed on synthesising NRM goals, strategies, actions and targets with considerable additional background available in the four CAPs used in its development. As an interim document, it will not be formally reviewed by the Natural Resources Commission or submitted to the Minister for Primary Industries for approval, but an informal appraisal by the NRC and Minister will take place in the future.