09 January 2020
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is reviewing the arrangements between Melbourne Water and local councils to clarify stormwater and flood risk management roles and responsibilities in the greater Melbourne area.
Together with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and Melbourne Water, DELWP is seeking input from councils and other stakeholders to examine the division of responsibilities for stormwater assets and services.
The development of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy identified that Melbourne Water and many councils wanted the 60ha convention reviewed and roles clarified. The current institutional arrangements are based on a 90-year-old convention that was introduced when very different approaches to drainage of stormwater were practiced, and the urban landscape was considerably smaller than now.
There will be opportunities for local councils to participate in interviews, attend options workshops, provide nominations for a joint reference group, provide feedback to an options paper and participate in information sessions and training following approval of the final decision.
Updates will be provided by DELWP, MAV and Melbourne Water through their respective networks.
Councils can access MAV updates by visiting the MAV Members website.
Find out more or register your interest on the DELWP website.