Hunter - Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

The Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is a regional organisation that supports local communities to better understand and manage our natural resources.

The CMA receives funding from the NSW and Australian governments to invest in regional projects and programs in line with the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Action Plan, the NSW State Plan, and the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative.  We work in partnership with individual landholders, urban residents, local government, Landcare and community groups, Aboriginal communities, industry groups and other agencies to deliver on ground actions to improve the resilience of our region's unique landscapes and waterways.

The CMA is partnering with Wyong Shire Council and the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative to support activities such as workshops, provision of technical advice and administration of grants that improve water quality management in Tuggerah Lakes. Find out more.

Check out some local landholder’s stories that were developed to showcase on-ground projects developed by landholders in partnership with the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

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 Some of our current projects:

Hidden Valley - Photo by Hunter - Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Hidden Valley 

Hidden Valley is located on Ourimbah Creek and is covered in high quality vegetation supporting a rich and diverse range of native fauna. The property provides horse riding facilities and accommodation for its members.


Through the Tuggerah Lakes Small Grant program Hidden Valley aims to regenerate the banks of Ourimbah Creek which is home to a number of playtpus. Land managers will be controlling weeds, fencing off parts of Ourimbah Creek to protect it from grazing, and planting riparian rainforest species to add to the long term stability of Ourimbah creek.

Ourimbah University - Photo by Hunter - Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

University of Newcastle

Funding will be concentrated on removing lantana from 2ha of extensive remnant natural bushland in the riparian zone consisting of coastal moist forest and endangered subtropical rainforest, which has been listed as high risk by Wyong Council.


Nestled in the tributaries of Bangalow Creek lies the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle. The university has received a Tuggerah Lakes small grant to continue regeneration works undertaken in previous CMA grants.

Forest of Tranquility - Photo by Hunter - Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Youth Connections- Forest of Tranquillity

The Forest of Tranquillity has been operating as a wildlife sanctuary and education centre since 1985. The site contains a high diversity of native vegetation including significant populations of the endangered Cut Leaf mint bush.


Youth Connections, a training and job placement program for youth on the Central Coast has chosen this site as an education and training opportunity for young people learning new skills in Conservation and Land Management.


The Tuggerah Lakes Small Grant Program is funding the removal of lantana by Youth Connections. The site was also used for a field day to educate landholders on lantana removal techniques.

The CMA has held a number of workshops for landholders in the Tuggerah Lakes catchment. Two popular workshops included 'Platypus and their habitat' and 'The benefits of Dung Beetles'. Interviews with ABC radio about these topics can be found on the following links:


Dung beetles