Discussion Paper Consultation

Overview

The Victorian Government has appointed a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to make recommendations on how best to protect the health, amenity, access and community values of waterways in the West of Melbourne. The Waterways of the West committee will investigate issues affecting rivers and creeks, such as the Werribee and Maribyrnong Rivers and Kororoit and Skeleton Creeks. Recommendations may include changes to land use planning controls, responsibilities for land and water management and better ways to involve and work with community and Traditional Owners to protect these waterways.

Get involved

Victorians are invited to input into the Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee recommendations and help shape future decision making for the Waterways of the West.

The second phase of broad public consultation is open from 8 October - 17 November 2019 for comment on the Ministerial Advisory Committee Discussion Paper. This Discussion Paper was guided by submissions to this Engage Victoria website in May this year, and by discussions with community representatives and stakeholders across relevant local government, agencies and community organisations about key issues and opportunities for the waterways and their surrounding lands.

The Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee would like to hear what you think about the ideas in this Discussion Paper and any other ideas you have about protecting the Waterways of the West and their lands. You can provide feedback online, in person and by making a written submission.

Submissions will be made public unless you ask for yours to be confidential.

The Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee look forward to receiving your submission by 17 November 2019.

You can register to attend the 2-hour Community Workshops across the Waterways of the West region including at Melton, Werribee, Sunbury and Footscray. The workshops provide opportunities to have in-depth discussions about the Discussion Paper.

Dates, times, venue and a RSVP form are listed on this website.

You can also come to a drop-in session. These are casual events, designed for you to drop in at any time and stay for as long as you like over the allocated period. You will have the opportunity to view information about the project, ask questions and provide feedback on the Discussion Paper. Drop -in sessions will be held:

Friday 25 October – MELTON 2 – 4pm Melton Girl Guide Hall, Cnr Pinkerton and Yuille St Melton

Saturday 26 October – WERRIBEE, 10-12pm Werribee Racing Club, Committee Room. Entry via Gate 4 ONLY on Racecourse Road Werribee

Monday 28 October – FOOTSCRAY, 2-4pm Footscray City Rowing Club, 40 Maribyrnong Blvd Footscray

Tuesday 29 October – SUNBURY, 5-7pm Club Sunbury, 49 Riddell Rd Sunbury

You can make a written submission by

Waterways of the West,

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,

PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 3002.

Online Submission Form

Please note that these questions can take around 10-20 minutes to answer depending on the individual. We thank you in advance of your time in completing and submitting this form.
Question 1. What is the strength of your support for the directions identified by the MAC? Required
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Direction 1 - Embedding Traditional Owners, their values and culture in waterway planning and management
Direction 2 - Protecting and enhancing water quality and waterway health
Direction 3 - Providing water for the environment and Country
Direction 4 - Enhancing and activating waterways and their lands as open space
Direction 5 - Connecting, celebrating and valuing the landscape
Direction 6 - Improving the resilience of coastal wetlands and estuaries
Direction 7 - Integrating land and water planning and management
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Question 2.1. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 1, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 1. Embedding Traditional Owners, their values and culture in waterway planning and management

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A. Long-term funding arrangements of Traditional Owner organisations to build their capacity and improve their participation at all levels of waterway planning and management.
B. Continued support for increased cultural awareness and education programs to connect the diverse community of the Waterways of the West region with the Traditional Owners.
C. Establish permanent, formalised requirements to invite Traditional Owner organisations to contribute to the planning and management of waterways and their lands. This would enable Traditional Owners to determine the extent of their involvement.
D. Support Traditional Owners of Country to proactively map cultural values of waterways and their lands and use the mapping information for waterway planning and management.
E. Support Traditional Owners of Country to undertake cultural flows assessments of the Werribee (Wirribi) and Maribyrnong (Mirrangbamurn) systems and consider this information in decision-making about the allocation of water.
F. Work with Traditional Owners to determine an appropriate process to embed cultural connections to Country in formal land planning mechanisms (such as embedding Healthy Country Plans in the Planning System).
Question 2.2. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 2, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 2. Protecting and enhancing water quality and waterway health

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Strongly prioritise
A. Address barriers to using alternative water sources and promote them for safe and suitable uses where feasible. In particular, there is a need to consider funding mechanisms to implement larger-scale projects including stormwater harvesting.
B. Support increased enforcement and regulation to reduce the frequency of pollution events.
C. Clarify responsibilities and investigate alternative funding mechanisms for the clean-up and remediation of legacy contamination and contemporary pollution events where the polluter-pays principle cannot be implemented.
D. Establish a significant program of education and enforcement to embed a culture and practice of waste and pollution prevention in business and industry in the Waterways of the West region.
E. Long-term funding arrangements for Traditional Owner Registered Aboriginal Parties to build their capacity and improve their participation at all levels of waterway planning and management.
F. Support the delivery of the Healthy Waterways Strategy.
Question 2.3. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 3, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 3. Providing water for the environment and Country

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A. Support urgent action to achieve the water for the environment shortfalls for the Werribee River (Wirribi Yaluk) and Maribyrnong River (Mirrangbamurn).
B. Work with the water and other relevant sectors to ensure there is sufficient water to meet ecological and cultural objectives in the Werribee River (Wirribi Yaluk) and upper Maribyrnong River (Mirrangbamurn).
C. Support Traditional Owners of Country to undertake cultural flows assessments of the Werribee (Wirribi) and Maribyrnong (Mirrangbamurn) systems and consider this information in decision-making about the allocation of water.
Question 2.4. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 4, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 4. Enhancing and activating waterways and their lands as open space

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A. The Waterways of the West and their lands provide a unique regional opportunity to create a network of blue-green corridors with high amenity, wellbeing, connection with nature, transport linkages and cultural and environmental values.
B. Designate a caretaker of waterway open space and amenity, with this function recognised as a statutory obligation.
C. Include Traditional Owners and their values, culture and voice in the planning and management of the region’s open space.
D. Develop strategic blue-green corridor plans for the major Waterways of the West and investigate priority opportunities for localised masterplanning to guide land use and protect waterways from inappropriate development (see also Direction 5, 6 and 7).
E. Support the urgent delivery of the Metropolitan Open Space Strategy and the creation of a network of parks in the region.
F. Review existing planning controls to identify gaps and inconsistencies, and then develop consistent planning controls across local government boundaries to protect waterways from the effects of inappropriate development (see also Direction 7).
G. Give effect to the community vision for the Waterways of the West through the planning policy framework, local planning schemes and other appropriate mechanisms (see also Directions 5 and 6).
Question 2.5. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 5, which ones would you prioritise?

Direction 5. Connecting, celebrating and valuing the landscape

Strongly do not prioritise
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Strongly prioritise
A. Recognise the Waterways of the West as living entities.
B. Establish a community and Traditional Owner voice for the waterways.
C. Support opportunities to link the community, Traditional Owners and the local waterway landscape through local activities and communication.
D. Give effect to the community vision for the Waterways of the West through the planning policy framework, local planning schemes and other appropriate mechanisms (see also Directions 4 and 5).
E. Develop strategic blue-green corridor plans for the major Waterways of the West and investigate priority opportunities for localised masterplanning to guide land use and protect waterways from inappropriate development (see also Directions 4, 5 and 6).
F. Include Traditional Owners and their values, culture and voice in the planning and management of the Waterways of the West and their lands.
G. Identify the Werribee River (Wirribi Yaluk) as a Significant River in the State Planning Policy Framework.
H. Legislate to recognise the Waterways of the West as an interconnected system of environmental, cultural and open space assets, and include in legislation a requirement to protect them.
I. Support Traditional Owners to proactively map cultural values of waterways and their lands, and use this information for waterway planning and management. Incorporate Traditional Owners’ tangible and intangible cultural values in planning for waterway.
Question 2.6. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 6, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 6. Improving the resilience of coastal wetlands and estuaries

Strongly do not prioritise
Do not prioritise
Neutral
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Strongly prioritise
A. Establish a continuous, connected coastal wetlands park across western Port Philip Bay reaching from Williamstown to Werribee. There is a unique regional opportunity to strengthen the coastal blue-green corridor in this coastal area.
B. Develop strategic blue-green corridor plans for the major Waterways of the West, investigate priority opportunities for localised masterplanning to guide land use and protect the shoreline from inappropriate development (see also Directions 4, 5 and 7)
C. Include Traditional Owners and their values, culture and voice in the planning and management of the coastal reserve network.
D. Strengthen climate change planning to protect the vulnerable coastal environmental of Port Philip Bay, in line with the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014.
E. Identify and fill gaps in the mapping of coastal values and hazards and use the mapping information for strategic planning work being undertaken in collaboration with councils.
Question 2.7. When considering the opportunities identified under Direction 7, which ones would you prioritise? Required

Direction 7. Integrating land and water planning and management

Strongly do no prioritise
Do not prioritise
Neutral
Prioritise
Strongly prioritise
A. Develop an overarching strategy to integrate the management of the Waterways of the West and their land as a network of social and environmental assets.
B. Develop strategic blue-green corridor plans for the major Waterways of the West and investigate priority opportunities for localised masterplanning to guide land use and protect waterways from inappropriate development (see also Directions 4, 5 and 6).
C. Include Traditional Owners and their values, culture and voice in the planning and management of the Waterways of the West and their lands.
D. Review existing planning controls to identify gaps and inconsistencies, and then develop consistent planning controls across Local Government boundaries to protect waterways from the effects of inappropriate development (see also Direction 4).
E. Give effect to the community vision for the Waterways of the West through the planning policy framework, local planning schemes and other appropriate mechanisms (see also Directions 4 and 5).

Direction 1. Embedding Traditional Owners, their values and culture in waterway planning and management

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Direction 2. Protecting and enhancing water quality and waterway health

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Direction 3. Providing water for the environment and Country

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Direction 4. Enhancing and activating waterways and their lands as open space

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Direction 5. Connecting, celebrating and valuing the landscape

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Direction 6. Improving the resilience of coastal wetlands and estuaries

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Direction 7. Integrating land and water planning and management

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Previous Consultation

Introducing the Ministerial Advisory Committee

Healthy waterways and their associated parklands are important for the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

Rivers and creeks in Melbourne’s fast-growing west are valued places for communities. In response to strong community advocacy and recommendations in policy to look at extending the Yarra River protections to other urban waterways, the Victorian Government has formed a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) for the Waterways of the West. The Waterways of the West includes the Maribyrnong River, Werribee River and the Moonee Ponds Creek, their tributaries and other rivers, creeks and wetlands such as Stony Creek, Kororoit Creek and Lollypop Creek.

The MAC includes members with extensive experience in water management, planning, local government and cultural values: Chris Chesterfield (Chair), Dave Wandin, Melinda Kennedy, Diane Kerr, Alice Kolasa, Shelley Penn and Lydia Wilson.

The Ministers for Water and Planning have asked the MAC to:

  • develop a community vision for the waterways and their landscapes
  • identify current and emerging issues affecting the social, environmental and cultural values of these waterways
  • investigate the best institutional, legislative and regulatory arrangements for the management, promotion and protection of the waterways
  • support Traditional Owners and the community to take part in management decisions and action
  • investigate land use planning and development controls and strategic policy that would mitigate risk to the Waterways of the West and provide net benefit to the communities of the region
  • identify any interim land use planning arrangements that could be put in place immediately
  • prioritise the issues and opportunities and make recommendations for specific cost-effective actions and any mandatory requirements for the protection of the waterways.
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