The Healthy Waterways Strategy is a vision for the health of rivers, estuaries and wetlands in the Port Phillip and Westernport region in Victoria. It is a 10-year strategy (2018-2028), that was developed largely in a codesign process with Healthy Waterways partners, including state government and agencies, local government, the catchment management authority, local waterway groups and the community.
The strategy identifies key values of the region, such as birds, frogs, platypus and amenity and waterway conditions that impact those values, such as stormwater, water quality, habitat condition and access. Baseline conditions and 50-year targets were established for each value and condition across five catchments, 69 subcatchments, 82 wetlands and 29 estuaries. For each of the 168 reporting units, 10-year performance objectives that equate to on-ground actions were developed. This equates to over 1000 individual objectives, all of which must have their progress reported annually.
Melbourne Water wanted an accessible site to house the strategy and enable annual reporting of performance objectives and five-yearly reporting of values and conditions across all waterway types and spatial scales.