Waterways policy and strategy

Plan Melbourne

Plan Melbourne – Melbourne’s metropolitan planning strategy – guides the growth of our city through to 2050. Plan Melbourne also provides policies and strategies to protect our waterways.

Healthy Waterways Strategy

The Healthy Waterways Strategy is a shared strategy across Melbourne Water, state and local government, water corporations and the community providing strategic direction towards a regional vision for the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region.

Closely linked are a range of co-designed catchment programs, including for the Yarra and Maribyrnong catchments, which support the region-wide strategy by providing a flexible framework for managing waterways across Melbourne’s main catchments.

Water for Victoria and the Victorian Waterways Management Strategy

Water for Victoria is a plan for a future with less water as Victoria responds to the impact of climate change and a growing population, while the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the policy direction for managing Victoria’s waterways and aims to maintain or improve their condition.

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Planning initiatives for waterway protection

Planning and Water portfolios are working together to deliver a range of projects. Below are some initiatives that Planning is delivering:

Page last updated: 10/01/24