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


West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) Office

16 Hotham Street


Friday 10 November

11am - 1pm


Edenhope Mechanics Institute Hall

76 Elizabeth Street


Friday 17 November

11 am – 1 pm


Quest Echuca

25/29 Heygarth Street


Tuesday 21 November

2 pm – 4 pm


Casselden Place

Level 36, 2 Lonsdale Street


Thursday 23 November

2 pm – 4 pm


Geelong Boathouse

Western Foreshore Road, Western Beach


Tuesday 28 November

4 pm – 6 pm


Performing Arts Centre

33-37 Ford Street


Thursday 30 November

3 pm – 5 pm


Warrnambool Mid City Motel

525 Raglan Parade


Friday 1 December

2pm – 4 pm


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


915 Mt Napier Road


Thursday 14 December

11am - 1pm


Edenhope Mechanics Institute Hall

76 Elizabeth Street


To R.S.V.P to attend a Regional Workshop and Forum please email us at vrds.enquiry@delwp.vic.gov.au

Please indicate which forum you will be attending and number of people attending.

Submission Questions

Proposed Vision Statement:

Landholders and community partners are empowered to work together to improve management of rural drainage, while driving the agricultural sector's contribution to the Victorian economy and supporting positive cultural and environmental outcomes.

Have the roles and responsibilities for managing rural drainage been adequately clarified?

4a. What is your involvement/role with rural drainage?
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The information you provide will be used to inform the development of the final Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy.

You may access the information you have provided to DELWP by emailing vrds.enquiry@delwp.vic.gov.au