The 2018 Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program kicked off last week with an inception workshop in Portland.

The Waterway Management Twinning Program is a structured mentoring program, focusing on improving the on-ground delivery of current Victorian waterway projects.

The 2018 program has participants from DELWP, Catchment Management Authorities, Landcare, Water Corporations, Murray Darling Basin Authority, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, Local Councils and the private sector. Glenelg Hopkins CMA and the Australian River Restoration Centre lead the workshop and hosted the participants out on the Lower Glenelg River. Mentors and mentees got to really work on their partnerships paddling in a canoe!

Participants in canoes

The program is funded through the Regional Riparian Action Plan and is part of the $222 million committed through Water for Victoria to improve the health of waterways and catchments across Victoria. The Regional Riparian Action Plan delivers on Water for Victoria Action 3.4 - provide long-term investment to improve waterway health - and the DELWP-funded scholarships for a Landcare or community group participant and an Aboriginal Victorian to take part in the Twinning Program are just part of our work on Action 3.8 - support community partnerships.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an application to the program; we are thrilled with the cohort of mentors and mentees and look forward to seeing their waterway projects progress throughout 2018.

Whole group of participants, standing in Australian bush. All are smiling and waving, people in centre holding a sign that reads "wish you were here"