Mature partnerships between the key groups that manage, protect and enhance the region’s precious natural resource base are critical to the success of the Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS).  The WGCMA and partners are committed to working in a collaborative manner to deliver high quality regional programs that benefit the Gippsland environment and the regional community. 

Partnerships associated with RCS implementation vary greatly and include large agencies with multiple departments, Landcare networks, local governments and industry groups with long-term formal agreements, Traditional Owner groups, small community organisations with sporadic or ongoing engagement and emerging partners big and small. 

Some partners may be collaborative with one part of the organisation but have challenging or emerging relationships in other parts. Some partnerships, such as those between Traditional Owner groups and the WGCMA have formal agreements in place but are still in the early stages of partner development.  

Implementation of the West Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy adopts the following principles for partnership and engagement, consistent with the approach taken by all Victorian Catchment Management Authorities.

 We embed partnerships and engagement in all that we do
 We provide meaningful opportunities for community and partners to contribute to strategies and initiatives
 Our community and partnership approach will be well resourced, planned, tailored, targeted and evaluated
West Gippsland Climate Change Icon We will collaborate with community and partners, transparently and respectfully and establish clear roles and expectations.

For the development and implementation of the RCS, partners are grouped into three categories: collaborative, working and networking partners, as detailed below. The successful implementation of the RCS will rely on all partners and community to varying degrees.