The Angas River Catchment Group arose in April 1994 through a public meeting organised by the Angas – Bremer Water Resources Committee. This meeting, held at the Macclesfield Hall, saw the formation of a steering committee which became inaugurated as the Angas River Catchment Group in February 1995. The membership of the group reflected the land use in the catchment and included dairy farmers, graziers, irrigators, small property owners and urban residents.
Over the years the Catchment group has promoted the health of the catchment area through encouraging landholders to include Landcare as a routine part of property management. This has been achieved largely through the process of community education and consultation. In May 1996 funding through the National Landcare Program enabled the group to employ a part time Local Action Coordinator. This position gave the group greater opportunity to ‘get the word out’ through the production of pamphlets, newsletter and articles for the local media.
A Catchment Plan was developed and released in January 1999 and greatly assisted in the identification and implementation of priority actions across the region. Over the years the group has assisted landholders with improving riparian vegetation communities along the Angas and revegetating with local native species on both private and public lands throughout the catchment.
With the growth of the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association (GWLAP), an overarching organisation for all the catchments that run into Lake Alexandrina; of which the Angas River is one, in the past 10 years the Angas River Catchment Group today is predominantly focused on supporting landholders and working with local councils to help maintain local, urban reserves in Strathalbyn and Macclesfield. The Angas River Catchment Group works closely with the Macclesfield Bushcare Group in the management of the upper catchments of the Angas, while the Angas-Bremer Water Management Committee are active in the management of the lower reaches and managing irrigation from the watercourse.