The Barwon River Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) has been established as part of a community led approach to protecting the Barwon River for generations to come.
The MAC is working with Traditional Owners and local communities to develop a vision to guide the future of the river and protect its unique character. This is your opportunity to share your views, information and anecdotes about what the waterway means to you and identify opportunities for its improvement.
In a holistic approach, the Barwon catchment study area extends to the Moorabool, Yarrowee and Leigh rivers and their tributaries.
The Victorian Government established the MAC to make recommendations to inform a new Action Plan for the future management and protection of the Barwon River and its tributaries.
The MAC will work in partnership with Traditional Owners and local communities to understand the threats to the river, how to better manage these threats and how to enhance and protect the river system.
The MAC will build on existing information and recent community engagement in the region and will look for opportunities to address any gaps or emerging issues without duplicating processes already underway.
The MAC's recommendations will inform delivery of an Action Plan that identifies priority projects and reforms for the waterway. Recommendations may include changes to land use planning controls, responsibilities for land and water management and better ways to involve and work with Traditional Owners and the community.
Caring for the Barwon River
The Barwon beings in the creeks on the inland slopes of the Otway Ranges, then flows north across the Volcanic Plains to meet the Leigh and Moorabool Rivers which leads from the southern slopes of the Central Victorian Uplands. It turns southeast, lowing through Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula to the ocean at Barwon Heads. Wetlands and aquifers are important features of the waterway.
The Barwon is a country river and a city river. It is used for drinking water, agriculture, recreation and by the ecosystems that depend on it. For Traditional Owners, the Barwon River and its tributaries are places of cultural and spiritual significance with campsites, middens, initiation grounds, fish traps and scar trees found along the waterways.
Given the significance of the river to Traditional Owners and the community, it's critical that we care for the river for future generations.
Tell us what you think
What's important to you about the Barwon River and its tributaries? What's your vision and what do you value about it? Does management need to be improved?
Share your thoughts in the form below, and click on the map and tell us more about specific places. What works? What doesn't? How can it be improved?