Protecting the environment from negative impacts of water extraction is a high priority for the Victorian Government.
Communities recognise that the rivers and creeks which form a high proportion of the state's grid are not simply carriers of water to cities, towns and rural communities. Victoria's rivers, creeks are rich ecosystems which provide habitat for, and help sustain, a wide variety of flora and fauna species.
Our waterways range in condition from near natural to highly modified and objectives for restoring waterways aim to protect and build on their current condition. In protecting the health of our waterways, we enhance other community values.
Climate change and urbanisation are intensifying and making the task of delivering cultural, ecological and recreational values more challenging. Communities want more ecological healthy waterways and consideration of:
- Aboriginal values and objectives for water through water planning, increased participation and supporting access to water for economic, cultural, spiritual and social purposes.
- Collaborating with Traditional Owners in water planning and management is an aspect of maintaining access to Country and its resources.
- Active and passive recreational opportunities such as water for canoeing, and sites for picnicking and contemplating the beauty and aesthetics of waterways and nature.
- The sustainable use of water for consumptive purposes in cities, towns and on farms.