New Victorian legislation protecting recreational and aboriginal water values

Recreational and Aboriginal water values have recently been recognised and enshrined into Victorian legislation.

This legislation passed in Victorian Parliament on 15 August 2019 will support Aboriginal cultural uses of water and support opportunities to use water for economic development for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians. It will also support the self-determination of Traditional Owners by providing opportunities that best meet their water management needs.

The Bill provides:

  • greater consideration of the recreational values of water and waterways for communities;
  • greater recognition and involvement of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians in the management and planning of waterways and catchments and;
  • clearer planning for future challenges such as climate change, population growth and changing demands for water.

More Information on Victorian Aboriginal Water Program can be found on the DELWP website.