New leader for catchment authority

New Corangamite Catchment Management Authority chair Alice Knight with chief executive Gareth Smith.

COLAC and district’s catchment authority has a new chairwoman.

Alice Knight, who is the director of a wool pastoral property south-west of Ballarat, took on the position of Corangamite Catchment Management Authority chairwoman at the start of the month.

Mrs Knight has a wealth of experience behind her – she was on the CCMA board for six years until 2005 and was also a former chairwoman of the Woady Yaloack Catchment Group.

She said her focus for the region’s natural resource management was to involve residents in landcare though coastal care programs and landscape programs.

“I’d like to extend my knowledge of the environment and work with land mangers to implement landscape changes

and develop people’s capacity so that they can implement that change,” Mrs Knight said.

“Landscape change is one of the many ways of involving people,” she said.

Mrs Knight is one of 10 new State Government-appointed chairs of catchment management authorities.

The appointments came in the wake of the government’s decision to axe the Labor party’s proposed catchment management authority mergers.

Mrs Knight will replace Dr Peter Grieg, who was chairman of the authority from 2002.

“I think he left a very good corporate image, good governance and I guess working with the community, and that’s something that I would like to continue,” Mrs Knight said.

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