The Victorian Government has released the Rivers of the Barwon (Barre Warre Yulluk) Action Plan to ensure the iconic Barwon catchment can thrive and be enjoyed as a natural treasure for many years to come.

The Significance of the Rivers of the Barwon

The Barwon (Parwan) River and its tributaries are valuable natural assets to be protected and enhanced for future generations. They play a key role in supporting the:

  • liveability, amenity and recreational opportunities for a growing population
  • diverse agricultural and horticultural production and an expanding economy.

These waterways are of great significance to Eastern Maar and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners. In the Wadawurrung language, Barre Warre Yulluk means ‘the great river’ (Yulluk) that runs from the ‘mountains’ (Barre) to the ‘ocean’ (Warre).

It encompasses all major waterways and their tributaries within the Barwon catchment, including the:

  • Barwon (Parwan),
  • Moorabool (Murrabul),
  • Yarrowee (Yarowee)
  • Leigh (Waywatcurtan) rivers.

Short term actions

The action plan is made up of short-term actions to bring immediate benefits to the region.

These actions that address:

  • waterway health,
  • waterway amenity and
  • stronger land use planning and development controls and standards to guard against inappropriate development.

Longer- term actions

Longer-term actions (within five years) are to consider necessary changes to institutional arrangements, strengthen planning provisions for waterways and strengthen the role of Traditional Owners in planning and management.

This action plan will drive an enduring legacy of protection for the region’s waterways and a new way of working, where Traditional Owner and community voices continue to shape waterway protection, with strong support from regulatory, institutional, and legislative arrangements.

The Rivers of the Barwon (Barre Warre Yulluk) Action Plan is available under the Documents tab on this page.

Find out more about the action plan.

Barwon River Ministerial Advisory Committee

In 2019 the Victorian Government appointed the Barwon River Ministerial Advisory Committee to inform new protections for the Barwon catchment, including the Barwon, Leigh, Moorabool and Yarrowee Rivers.

Over a 12-month period, the advisory committee worked with the community, Traditional Owners and industry in development of a discussion paper and a range of recommendations report.  These recommendations have directly informed the Rivers of the Barwon (Barre Warre Yulluk) Action Plan.

The advisory committee’s discussion paper, community consultation report and recommendations report is available under the Documents tab on this page.

Learn more about the advisory committee and read the discussion paper.

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