Discussion Paper Consultation
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.
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.
Discussion Paper (not including Appendix 3)
Summary version of the Discussion Paper
Accessible version of the Discussion Paper
Accessible version of the Discussion Paper Summary
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
- completing the online submission form below
- emailing a submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by
- mailing the submission to:
Waterways of the West,
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning,
PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 3002.
Online Submission Form
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.