The Patterson River area has been brought to DELWP’s attention as having a number of issues that need resolving.

In the Lower Precinct, the boat ramp area is known to suffer congestion in peak boating and fishing periods, causing issues for boat-ramp users and the general public (such as cyclists, walkers, etc) alike. Launching Way is also home to non powered boating clubs. In the past, there have been plans for this area developed that focus on one or two interest areas.

In the Upper Precinct, the National Water Sports Centre has the potential to be a high quality recreational land and water sports facility, but a coordinated plan for the site’s development has yet to be developed.

DELWP is responding to these community concerns by speaking with the community and stakeholders in order to create a Concept Plan that will outline ways to improve the infrastructure and facilities on the Patterson river in the future.

The concept plan will help guide future development and funding proposals along the Patterson river.

What happens next?

The results of the Patterson River survey have been collated and can be viewed here:

We are now in the process of using these results to create a draft Concept Plan. This plan will include detailed options for specific areas along the river.

The options will be presented on the Engage Victoria website for the community to select their preferred options and provide feedback.

While the survey is open, we will also be hosting an Open House for the community to meet with us and tell us their thoughts in person on their preferred options and any feedback they have for us.

From the next survey and Open House, we will finalise the Concept Plan.

All respondents who took part in the first survey will be contacted to keep them updated in the project’s progress, and all updates will be posted on the DELWP Port Phillip Facebook page.

Funding committed to NWSC upgrades

On Wednesday, 14 March 2018, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that $3 million has been allocated in the May State budget towards improving the facilities, infrastructure and visual amenity of the National Water Sports Centre.

More than 60 people attended the announcement, which was made at the Melbourne Cable Park, including Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily d’Ambrosio; Member for Mordialloc Tim Richarsdon; Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny; as well councillors for the Greater Dandenong City Council. Numerous river user groups were also in attendance.

Patterson River engagement survey

This survey is now closed.

Residents in the surrounding areas of Patterson River and other stakeholders have had the opportunity to tell us how they use the Patterson River area, and how they would like to see it transformed in the future. The submission period closed on 28 February 2018.

Disclosure: To ensure the accuracy of data, only six responses per IP address will be incorporated into our data analysis. If your household includes more than six people, please email penny.gillespie@delwp.vic.gov.au to request an alternative way to submit your response.

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2. What age group are you in?
3. Are you a member of a local club/ community group relevant to Patterson River Lower or Upper Precincts?
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4. Where did you find out about this survey?

Lower Precinct Questions

These questions refer to land use along the Patterson river between Nepean Highway and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway.

5. Do you use this area?
5a. If yes, how do you currently use the land along the lower precinct of the Patterson River?
6. Do you use the water?
6a. If yes, what do you use the water for?
7. What are the three most important issues that this project should address in the lower precinct?
9. Do you have a disability or mobility restriction that requires additional access facilities?
9a. If yes, do you find the current access facilities:

National Water Sports Centre

These questions refer to the land along the Patterson River, east of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, known as the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC).

10. Do you use this area?
10a. If yes, how do you currently use the land at the National Water Sports Centre?
11. Do you use the water at the National Water Sports Centre?
11a. If yes, what do you use the water for?
12. How would you rate the facilities for water activities at the National Water Sports Centre?
13. What are the three most important issues that this project should address in the NWSC?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.


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

The information you provide will be used to help inform the draft Patterson River Concept Plan, and to keep you updated on the project if you choose to provide contact details.

The information you provide will be made available to the DELWP to help inform the future of the Patterson River area. Personal details (name/contact details) will not be made public.

You may access the information you have provided to DELWP and Parks Victoria by contacting Penny Gillespie at Penny.A.Gillespie@delwp.vic.gov.au.