Waterways make a significant contribution to Melbourne's landscape and liveability. Melbourne's two main rivers are the Yarra and the Maribyrnong.
The Yarra River is one of Victoria’s most iconic waterways, integral to Melbourne’s identity and the liveability of the city.
The Maribyrnong River is a unique environment and a resource for Melbourne's western and northern suburbs.
Plan Melbourne is a strategy to manage Melbourne's growth and change over the next 30-40 years. Plan Melbourne also provides guidance on the future planning of our rivers.
Healthy Waterways Strategy
The Healthy Waterways Strategy outlines the role Melbourne Water will play in managing rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region.
Victorian Waterways Management Strategy
The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the policy direction for managing Victoria's waterways and aims to maintain or improve their condition.
Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy
The Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy applies to the Port Phillip and Western Port region and aims to strengthen the health and resilience of the region's natural environment.
Responsible government agencies
The future planning and management of Melbourne's two major rivers – the Yarra and Maribyrnong - involves several State Government agencies and local government including:
- Parks Victoria
- Melbourne Water
- Port of Melbourne Corporation
- Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
- Local councils