The Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Network (formerly the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee) is a community-based organisation made up of agencies and groups that are responsible for natural resource management in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment. The UMCN operates as a regional cross-border network to enhance communication between agencies and groups in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory which lie wholly within the upper catchment of the Murrumbidgee River. The upper catchment of the Murrumbidgee River is above the Burrunjuck Dam wall.
What does the UMCN do? The UMCN holds four meetings a year at which current government and community NRM activities are discussed and topical presentations by guest speakers are provided. Field trips to NRM project sites are organised occasionally. The UMCN undertakes a diverse range of activities, including:
- prepares submissions to public inquiries, policy and regulatory reviews affecting NRM;
- convenes a biennial public Forum on regional NRM issues;
- develops communication resource material including Look after your Natural Assets ( 1.9MB), a resource book for rural landholders managing bush blocks and small acreages and Fact Sheets series - Choosing and Managing Land;
- fosters strategic capacity building projects including current proposals for engaging regional local government and a socio-economic profile of the upper catchment.
Recently the new Strategic Plan was agreed to by menbers, which will provide directon for the organisation until 2021.