Waterways 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.
The Yarra River environs contains some of the most valuable historical, landscape, flora, fauna, geological and geomorphological assets in metropolitan Melbourne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure
- Parks Victoria
- Melbourne Water
- Port of Melbourne Corporation
- Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
- Local councils