Overview

The Barwon River (Barre Warre Yulluk) 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 as well as support diverse agricultural and horticultural production and an expanding economy.

The Barwon River Ministerial Advisory Committee (Barwon MAC) has been established as part of a community led approach to protecting the rivers of the Barwon for generations to come. This includes the Moorabool, Yarrowee and Leigh rivers and their tributaries.

A Discussion Paper has been prepared to promote community discussion about issues and opportunities to improve the oversight and management of the Barwon River. The Barwon MAC’s directions have been developed following extensive consultation and input from Traditional Owners and communities, industry and local government.

The Victorian Government will welcome the Barwon MAC’s recommendations by the end of this year, which will shape the development of a Rivers of the Barwon Action Plan in 2020. 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.

Read the paper

Have your say

What’s your vision for the protection of the rivers of the Barwon?

The Barwon MAC invites you to comment on its proposed future directions as outlined in ‘Our living rivers of the Barwon: A discussion paper for the future’.

Your feedback is important to us! Please choose your preferred option:

  • Attend an 'open house' community session in October
  • Fill in the survey questions below
  • Email or post your written submission outlining feedback on the Discussion Paper
  • Download the survey template and submit your written repose via email or post
  • Please note submissions may be made public unless you ask for yours to be confidential.
Submissions close midnight 3 November 2019.

Fill in the survey

'A new 50-year vision'

The key elements of the vision are listed below. Please rate how important each element is to you, 1 star being 'least important to me' and 5 stars being 'most important to me'.

0 being 'not at all' and 10 being 'strongly support'

'Our living rivers of the Barwon: a discussion paper for the future'

The following questions relate to the Discussion Paper in its entirety.

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  1. A living cultural landscape #
  2. Water management for a secure future #
  3. Targeted and integrated management for a healthy catchment #
  4. Enhanced waterway corridors for community connection, access and use #
  5. Planning for sustainable growth and liveability #
  6. An effective governance model for the catchment #

'Future directions'

The following questions relate to the six key themes and their directions.

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Traditional Owners have the capacity and resources to contribute effectively to the management of water for cultural purposes #
  2. 'Country' plans are developed for the key rivers of the Barwon to ensure consideration of cultural values in future planning #
  3. Cultural indicators are identified to measure the cultural health of the rivers #

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Consider the protection of stream flows and future water recovery for the environment in the new Sustainable Water Strategy #
  2. Prioritise essential waterway restoration works to minimise flow constraints and maximise the benefits from environmental water entitlements #
  3. Maximise the region's links to the Victorian water grid to realise regional economic and environmental outcomes from the use of scarce water resources #
  4. Investigate the introduction of a more natural flow regime for the Yarrowee/Leigh River #
  5. Maximise the use of alternative water supplies #
  6. Make the water resource planning process more visible to the public #
  7. Increase the focus by all agencies on regional climate adaptation planning and adoption #

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Undertake 'place-based' scale planning and management to maximise engagement and impact, but within a catchment context and narrative #
  2. Focus management and investment on upper catchments to maximise benefits #
  3. Strengthen the planning and measurement of waterway health outcomes, including greater opportunities for community-based citizen science monitoring #
  4. Prioritise the Barwon as the next targeted large-scale waterway project - as a new 'Living Barwon' flagship waterway #

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Enhance the Barwon River Parklands #
  2. Adopt a parklands concept for the Yarrowee corridor through Ballarat #
  3. Explore opportunities to enhance broader access and connectivity to the rivers of the Barwon #
  4. Consider a regional paths and trails strategy for the catchment's river corridors #

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Identify the rivers of the Barwon as significant rivers in Clause 12.03-1S (River Corridors, Waterways, Lakes and Wetlands) of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) #
  2. Introduce a regional-level planning policy for the rivers of the Barwon #
  3. Develop master plans to outline the vision and strategic directions to guide future land use and development along and adjoining the river corridor #
  4. Strengthen methods for better implementation of integrated water management principles through planning systems for new growth areas (including through precinct structure planning) #
  5. Use development contribution plans and value capture options to fund integrated water management infrastructure for new growth areas #
  6. Create interim and consistent overlay controls for the rivers of the Barwon #

What is most important to you in this theme?

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  1. Develop a set of key principles to provide improved governance for the Barwon catchment that includes integration of water management and land use planning and a framework of shared accountability #
  2. Establish and interim taskforce to facilitate the implementation of the MAC's recommendations and drive delivery of the planned Rivers of the Barwon Action Plan in line with the agreed principles #
  3. Review funding arrangements to ensure ongoing improvements to the rivers of the Barwon #
  4. Strengthen existing partnership forums and governance arrangements to support the role of the interim taskforce #
  5. Make management decisions and the roles and responsibilities of government agencies more visible to the public #

Tell us a bit about yourself

What is your interest in the rivers of the Barwon?