The action contributed to long-term changes to water planning and management to incorporate the water values of Traditional Owners and Victorian Aboriginals. The Guidelines for preparing regional strategies for healthy rivers and wetlands directed Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) to engage with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians when updating regional river health strategies.
Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians were also consulted during the development of the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy and regional waterway strategies and will continue to be involved in other planning activities (such as seasonal watering proposals).
Water for Victoria (WfV) strengthened the requirement to consider Traditional Owners’ values in water management and has an action (8.7) to ensure this is part of future SWSs.
Action status (5-yearly assessment 2018): Achieved
Delivery period: September 2013 – ongoing