Located in the near south west of Victoria a short distance from Melbourne the Corangamite Region is bordered by the coast along its southern margins, includes a large portion of the Victorian Volcanic Plain through its centre and the Central Highlands to the north. The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority was established in 1997 to ensure the protection and sustainable development of land, vegetation and water resources.
The Corangamite region is rich in environmental, social and economic values and has important cultural foundations.
The region extends across:
• 1.3 million ha of land, with 78% in private ownership
• 175 km of coast
• four catchment basins – Barwon, Lake Corangamite, Otway Coast and Moorabool.
It includes all or part of the cities of Ballarat and Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, and the Shires of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Moyne, and Surf Coast.
The Corangamite region has rich and diverse landscapes, reflecting its geological, climatic and human history. The natural resources of our region are critical to sustaining the lifestyle of its residents and visitors, as well as providing important habitat for flora and fauna. They support valuable industries such as agriculture and nature-based tourism, and underpin the region’s urban water supply needs.