Waterways planning

View along the Yarra River towards the City of MelbourneWaterways make a significant contribution to Melbourne's landscape and livability. Melbourne's two main rivers are the Yarra and the Maribyrnong.

The government is committed to protecting both the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers from inappropriate development and safeguarding public access.

Metropolitan waterways

Yarra River

The Yarra River environs contains some of the most valuable historical, landscape, flora, fauna, geological and geomorphological assets in metropolitan Melbourne.

More information about planning for the Yarra River

Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River is a unique environment and a recreational resource for Melbourne's western suburbs. The local community has a strong attachment to the river, including an appreciation of its industrial and cultural heritage, environmental values and the sense of remoteness still available in the upper reaches of the river.

More information about planning for the Maribyrnong River

Strategic policies

Plan Melbourne

Over the past two years, the Victorian Government has prepared Plan Melbourne, a new metropolitan planning strategy to manage Melbourne's growth and change.  The strategy will contribute to the overall vision for the State including links with regional Victoria.  The strategy will help guide Melbourne's growth and change over the next 30-40 years and provides guidance on the future planning of our rivers.

Read Plan Melbourne

The Healthy Waterways Strategy

This strategy outlines the role Melbourne Water will play in managing rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region to ensure their value to the community is protected and improved. This strategy will replace the Port Phillip and Westernport Regional River Health Strategy in June 2013.

More information about the Healthy Waterways Strategy

Victorian Waterway Management Strategy

The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provides the policy direction for managing Victoria's waterways over an eight-year period. The Strategy aims to maintain or improve the condition of our waterways so they can support environmental, social, cultural and economic values that are important to communities.

More information about the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy

Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy

The regional catchment strategy applies to the Port Phillip and Western Port region. The strategy aims to strengthen the health and resilience of the region's natural environment.

More information about the Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy

Responsible government agencies

The future planning and management of Melbourne's two major rivers – the Yarra and Maribyrnong - involves several State Government agencies and local government including:

Other waterway links

Page last reviewed on 11 September 2015

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