Before embarking on creating a new waterway coordination or management group, there are a few critical points to consider:
Community support for the project is essential and a groundswell is needed before setting up the organisation.
The agencies with formal management responsibilities for the waterway itself need to be on-side, or at least there needs to be general support from these agencies.
Setting up a community based agency with staff is no small job - identifying short cuts is essential, and hopefully this site can assist.
The structure you set up needs to allow you to do what is needed.
Suggestions for setting up a new community based catchment management organisation: