support the wellbeing of rural and regional communities who enjoy the
recreational benefits our regional waterways provide. We will consider these
values in the way we manage water.
- Include recreational values
in water and waterway planning
- Help communities understand
how to achieve their recreational objectives
- Support recreation at water
storages through infrastructure and better information
Victoria recognises that recreational activities depend on healthy waterways
with sufficient water flow that are also accessible to people.
to nature is important for our health and wellbeing and the social fabric of
communities. Our lakes, rivers and bays support activities for local people to
enjoy and they attract visitors and tourists generating income and jobs for
Millennium Drought reduced many recreational activities such as boating,
fishing and swimming and many water storages and lakes have just recovered.
water entitlements and planning framework makes sure we meet the needs of
cities and towns and supply water for agriculture, industry and the
environment. We will work within this framework to find ways to meet
will be times when there is not enough water to support all recreational
activities at all locations. We need to make the best of what we have by
thinking about recreational values in how we manage water, and strive to keep a
range of benefits with the water that is available. It is vital that processes
are transparent and there is clear communication about why certain decisions
increase the likelihood of achieving shared benefits by improving the way we
consider recreational values. Including communities in more conversations will
help us better understand how they want to use water for recreation and to
incorporate their recreational goals into water planning.
of the $10 million Drought Support Fund announced in November 2015 for the most
drought-affected areas in north-west Victoria, the government funded the
Community Sport and Recreation program for projects in the Wimmera region. This
provides grants for sporting clubs and recreational facilities to find better
solutions for water access and supply. It also funds projects to increase
certainty of recreational opportunities at lakes and weirs through drought
periods. There are three recreational water projects at Donald, near Horsham
and near Sea Lake. These projects align with drought preparedness and response
principles and investment criteria. For example, rather than providing
short-term relief, they will provide greater community benefits through
long-term drought resilience.