Actions for the Barwon, Moorabool and Otways sub-region include:

  • upgrades to the Melbourne-to-Geelong Pipeline to provide greater water security for Geelong and allow water to be returned to the Moorabool Yulluk (Moorabool River)
  • transition to manufactured water to meet growing demands, with regional options progressing via the Water Grid Plan
  • returning water to the Wadawurrung including in the Parwan (Barwon River) and Moorabool Yalluk (Moorabool River) and Eastern Maar including in the Barwon River and Gellibrand River
  • a focus on IWM including investigating options for stormwater and recycled water discharge into the Yarrowee River for environmental benefit, exploring the benefits of IWM at different scales using the Barwon and Moorabool basins as a case study and reviewing stormwater management arrangements in the lower Barwon
  • review of water-resource risks in small, dry, peri-urban catchments with the Moorabool Yulluk (Moorabool River) as a case study
  • environmental water recovery for the Moorabool Yulluk (Moorabool River) and Barwon River and improving flows in Stony Creek
  • investigating long-term management options to improve the health of the Anglesea River and estuary  coordinated releases from Painkalac Creek Reservoir for environmental benefits
  • investigations to improve critical flows in the Gellibrand River through the summer low-flow period
  • complementary actions that include improving fish passage at Buckley Falls; rehabilitating the Moorabool Yulluk (Moorabool River) at Batesford Quarry; increasing understanding of water needs of the Upper Moorabool and Leigh catchments; improving waterway health in the Barwon River and updating environmental watering recommendations for Reedy Lake and Hospital Swamps

The links below provide information on other relevant plans and strategies for the region:

Map of Barwon Moorabool Otway sub region

Page last updated: 05/09/22