Help shape the future management of our waterways across the Melbourne Region

Melissa Cordy / Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water is inviting community and stakeholders to influence their 10-year strategy for maintaining and improving the health of our catchments, rivers, creeks, wetlands and estuaries for future generations.

About the Healthy Waterways Strategy

The strategy is a requirement under the Water Act 1989 (Vic), and guides investment and actions by Melbourne Water and other stakeholders to manage stormwater and waterway health – and the social, economic and environmental benefits that waterways support.

The new strategy builds on the existing values-based approach to reflect new knowledge and priorities, and will replace the current strategy when it expires in 2018.

What’s happening

Key elements of the strategy are currently being developed for the Maribyrnong Catchment, piloting a new collaborative design process that will be used for the remaining four catchments from July 2017.

Engagement is being undertaken through a series of monthly co-design workshops, supported by an online engagement portal where you will be able to directly influence strategy phases such as:

  • Developing a vision and set of catchment goals.
  • Exploring issues, opportunities and aspirations for everyone within your catchment.
  • Identifying where Melbourne Water and stakeholders need to focus their collaborate efforts through setting targets and actions.

What's ahead and how to get involved

There are plenty of opportunities to have your say via our engagement website 'Your Say':

  • Participate online and help decide on the draft visions and goals for the Maribyrnong catchment, or attend co-design workshop #4 which will involve working through the prioritisation process.
  • Attend our first co-design workshop for Werribee and Dandenong as we kick-off engagement for these two catchment regions.
  • Sign up to updates for opportunities to influence the strategy and be kept informed of the Yarra and Westernport catchments coming online.