The Maribrynong River is one of the unique waterways in the west of greater Melbourne that provide a valuable network of green space for communities.

The Victorian Government has announced a new community-led approach to ensure iconic waterways in Melbourne’s west are protected for generations to come.

Minister for Water and Minister for Planning are establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to engage with communities and Traditional Owners to develop a Waterways of the West Action Plan.

The Action Plan will identify priority projects and areas for protection along urban waterways of the west, bringing to life community expectations and local values, and protecting the rich Aboriginal heritage of these areas.

Chris Chesterfield will be the independent Chair of the MAC, bringing his experience chairing the Advisory Committee that led to the establishment of landmark reforms to protect the Yarra River (Birrarung). Mr Chesterfield is highly regarded in the field of water sensitive urban design and water reform.

The MAC will work in partnership with Traditional Owners and communities  and report directly to the Minister for Water and the Minister for Planning. It will:

  • Develop a community vision for the rivers and their landscapes, building on recent community forums for engagement
  • Make recommendations for specific actions for the protection of the river
  • Make recommendations to maintain and enhance community aspirations for waterways of the west.

To find out more, please register your interest by emailing