protect waterways and their catchments from the adverse impacts of future human
use. We will improve the health of priority waterways and their catchments to
support our environmental, social, cultural and economic needs and values now
and into the future.
- Improve planning arrangements
for urban waterways
- Protect water quality
through the State Environment Protection Policy
- Invest in integrated
- Provide long-term investment
to improve waterway health
- Improve environmental water
management in a changing climate
- Better monitor and report on
the benefits of environmental watering
- Ensure clear and transparent
- Support community
partnerships and citizen science
- Improve knowledge and
information about waterways and catchments
recognises that improving waterway and catchment health can take decades of
long-term effort and investment.
land use has degraded the health of our waterways. Climate change and
population growth pose new challenges.
plan, act and invest smartly.
quality information to make the best investment decisions for the long term.
the best use of water recovered for the environment will become even more
important, and better reporting the benefits to the public.
needs stronger links between the state planning system and catchment and
catchment management is a priority.
community involvement in planning is vital. Plus community involvement in
citizen science, and partnerships between government and research providers.
take long-term investment, large-scale projects and ongoing monitoring.
depends on healthy rivers, wetlands, floodplains, estuaries, and water
them for drinking water and for farming and industry.
waterways and catchments make our cities and towns liveable and we use them for
strong connections to Country of Traditional Owners include healthy waterways
plants and animals rely on waterways and catchments.
provide important ecosystem services such as carbon filtration.
Investments to 2020/21
- $22 million to strengthen integrated catchment management across Victoria and implement the actions in Our Catchments, Our Communities by 2019
- $90 million to implement regional waterway strategies and improve waterway health by focusing our effort on large-scale projects for 36 waterways
- $30 million to implement the Regional Riparian Action Plan and speed up riparian works across regional Victoria, building on the initial $10 million invested in 2015-16
- $10 million to support the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee and deliver on-ground environmental works and community engagement, building on the initial $2.5 million invested in 2015-16