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The role of the Sustainable Water Strategy is to secure the region’s long-term water supplies.

For the Melbourne and Western Port sub-region, the actions from the strategy will secure its water future and supplies by:

  • using water in better ways
  • increasing the use of manufactured water sources.

Actions for the central sub-region

Traditional Owners

The strategy will return water to Traditional Owners in the region: the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, Wadawurrung and the Bunurong.

Managing water

The strategy will:

  • transition to manufactured water to meet growing demands in the region
  • investigate options for large-scale recycled water and treated stormwater networks.

Other actions will include a review of water resource risks in small, dry, peri-urban catchments. The Maribyrnong catchment will be a case study.

Waterway health

Actions will include managing pollutant loads for Port Phillip Bay and Western Port.

The strategy also sets environmental water recovery targets for the:

  • Werribee River / Wirribi Yaluk
  • Maribyrnong River / Mirrangbamurn
  • Bunyip River
  • Yarra River / Birrarung

The strategy will include complementary actions such as:

  • improving fish passage in the Werribee River / Wirribi Yaluk
  • improving the health of the Maribyrnong River / Mirrangbamurn

Greater Melbourne and Western Port sub-region map

Map of Maribyrong, Werribee, Yarra and Bunyip Basin, park or reserve, water body and irrigation district marked on the map
Central sub-region map including Maribyrnong, Werribee, Yarra and Bunyip, Basin

Page last updated: 08/09/23