Central and Gippsland Region covers the waterways and catchments relied on by Victorians south of the Great Divide down to the coast – from Warrnambool to Mallacoota.

Essential to the state’s liveability, sustainability, and prosperity, more than 6.2 million Victorians depend on the Central and Gippsland Region’s rivers, wetlands and lakes to live, work and play. As well as providing habitat for native wildlife, the region accounts for almost a third of Victoria’s dairy production – as well as more than a quarter of the state’s beef and vegetable produce.

However, with the impacts of climate change and population growth, we need to prepare for the region’s water future with a new Sustainable Water Strategy.

We will build on recent community engagement on similar issues as part of the Strategy’s development with Traditional Owners and stakeholders – including water corporations, catchment management authorities, local governments, agricultural and business groups, community groups and other water users.

We want your views now to help us develop the draft Strategy.

There will be further opportunities to contribute to the Strategy. We will be asking for your views again.

Community consultation on the draft Strategy is scheduled to start in mid-2021.

Central and Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy Region map.

Major Towns - Colac, Ballarat, Lancefield, Geelong, Melbourne, Lance Creek, Korumburra, Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale, Orbost. Rivers - Gellibrand River, Barwon River, Moorabool River, Werribee River, Yarra River, Maribyrnong River, Latrobe River, Thomson R

Key challenges

Water reliability

Water in-flows to the region’s catchments have been declining over recent decades – with more frequent years of lower-than-average rainfall, especially in the wetter months.

While the Desalination Plant remains essential to our water future, with our drying climate and growing population, we need to continue to look for climate-resilient water sources to ensure our water supply remains reliable into the future.

Water for growth

6.2 million people live in the Central and Gippsland Region. By 2056 the catchment’s population is projected to increase to over 10 million.

To keep up with that growth we need to boost the region’s water supplies.

Water for rivers

Long-term surface water availability has declined by up to 21 % across southern Victoria since it was estimated for the last Sustainable Water strategy– affecting the health of the region’s rivers, wetlands, floodplains, estuaries, and water catchments.

This is important because the health of Victoria’s ecology, community and economy is directly connected to the health of its waterways. Any investment in the health of Victoria’s waterways is an investment in the future.

What we need to consider:

  • how we save water
  • how we reuse water
  • how we source water
  • how we share water
  • how we manage water

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

Your submission has been collected by DELWP to inform the development of the draft Central and Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy.

De-identified survey responses and uploaded submissions may be published in the engagement summary, draft Strategy, or its appendices.

You may access the information you have provided to the department by emailing sws.team@delwp.vic.gov.au

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