The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, community based Natural Resource Management organisation that promotes an integrated approach to catchment management and the way we protect and restore the environment within the Peel-Harvey catchment.
With a strong emphasis on partnerships, the PHCC works with landholders, community groups, industry, the Australian Government, Government of Western Australia and local governments to affect change ‘on-ground’ and in the way we manage our environment.
Our activities address sustainable natural resource management (NRM) including climate change, river and wetland restoration, biodiversity protection, sustainable agriculture and building community capacity. The past ecological collapse of the Peel-Harvey Estuarine System demands a continued emphasis on water quality issues.
The PHCC board membership is comprised of 10 community members, 2 local government representatives and representatives of the Departments of Agriculture and Food, Environment and Conservation, Water and the Peel Development Commission. The PHCC board is skills based, with members selected by an independent panel based on their experience and understanding of Natural Resource Management.
The objectives of the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, as defined in our constitution, are to:
- Inform, inspire and involve people in sustainable natural resource management (NRM) within the catchment.
- Provide strategic direction for NRM within the catchment by facilitating an integrated, iterative NRM planning process.
- Provide leadership on NRM matters within the catchment and facilitate partnerships with the State and Australian Governments to promote the sharing of responsibility for NRM with all levels of government.
- Actively seek and promote support for the integrated NRM planning process and the integrated NRM Plan at all levels of government, community and industry.
- Identify and seek resource opportunities for environmental improvement of the catchment and for organisations who undertake this role.
- Coordinate the efficient allocation of resources for NRM across the catchment and assist agencies to target their actions to be compatible with catchment priorities.
- Encourage institutional reform to achieve sustainable outcomes.
- Support communication and information sharing to improve the coordination of NRM activities within the catchment.
- Actively assist with implementation of any relevant regional NRM strategy.