Overview

The Victorian Government is developing the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy

The draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy proposes a series of policies and actions designed to enable landholders to choose how to manage their drainage and their drainage systems into the future.

The community is invited to have its say on the proposals in the draft Strategy and to contribute to setting the new contemporary arrangements for rural drainage, supported by clear roles and responsibilities.

A range of stakeholders contributed to the development of the draft Strategy. Four consistent themes that emerged from those consultations were the need for:

  • Clear responsibilities for rural drainage, and clearly defined roles for individual landholders, the Victorian Government, councils, catchment management authorities, Melbourne Water and other rural water corporations.
  • Clear legislative and policy arrangements that will enable rural drainage to be managed sustainably into the future.
  • Support to develop pathways through environmental and cultural approval processes.
  • Clear funding arrangements for rural drainage that reflect the distribution of costs and benefits.

This draft Strategy proposes a series of policies and actions to address these themes. The public release of this draft Strategy now provides an opportunity for the broader community to provide comments on the proposed approach and to contribute to the final Strategy.

Consultation on the Draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy is open until 20th December 2017.

Regional Workshops and Forum Details

Wednesday 8 November

3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Venue

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) Office

16 Hotham Street

Traralgon

Friday 10 November

11am - 1pm

Venue

Edenhope Mechanics Institute Hall

76 Elizabeth Street

Edenhope

Friday 17 November

11 am – 1 pm

Venue

Quest Echuca

25/29 Heygarth Street

Echuca

Tuesday 21 November

2 pm – 4 pm

Venue

Casselden Place

Level 36, 2 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne

Thursday 23 November

2 pm – 4 pm

Venue

Geelong Boathouse

Western Foreshore Road, Western Beach

Geelong

Tuesday 28 November

4 pm – 6 pm

Venue

Performing Arts Centre

33-37 Ford Street

Wangaratta

Thursday 30 November

3 pm – 5 pm

Venue

Warrnambool Mid City Motel

525 Raglan Parade

Warrnambool

Friday 1 December

2pm – 4 pm

Venue

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Office

Theatrette

915 Mt Napier Road

Hamilton

Thursday 14 December

11am - 1pm

Venue

Edenhope Mechanics Institute Hall

76 Elizabeth Street

Edenhope