Agencies with responsibilities for dryland rural drainage are providing supportive information and have delivered on the ground projects to implement the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy.

Dryland Rural Drainage Resource Kit for Landholders

The Strategy commits to preparing a Dryland Rural Drainage Resource Kit to support agencies and landholders to make informed decisions about managing dryland rural drainage.

This kit, originally released alongside the Strategy in 2018, has been significantly updated with more information and learnings from a number of pilot projects delivered by catchment management authorities across the state.

The kit includes:

  • An overview of the ways landholders can manage dryland rural drainage and the support available to them.
  • Information about landholders’ obligations to obtain approvals for drainage works and guidance on developing a plan to manage these systems.
  • Guidance for landholders seeking the best value for money for drainage works, while also seeking to minimise the possible impacts of drainage works.
  • Options for dispute resolution.
  • Advice on working collectively and information about the legal arrangements for establishing drainage committees and the options for governance structures.

Download the kit:

The rural drainage assessment calculator is a technical tool available to help landholders consider the likely costs and benefits of investing in improved dryland rural drainage (see the tool guide for detailed instructions).

Download the calculator and guide

Pilot Projects

A number of pilot projects have been completed across the state, with a total investment from DELWP of $4.9 million.

Investment: $70 000

CMA: Wimmera CMA

Partners: DELWP Forest, Fire and Regions, Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Local Government, landholders

Project summary: Following channel decommissioning, the creek end disperses water onto farmland where it results in water logging. Landholders have lost crops as a result. Landholders can identify paths for water to move through their properties and approaches that will allow landholders to manage excess water on their land and provide a further benefit to restore any environmental and cultural values in this area that no longer requires drainage.

Investment: $80 000

CMA: North Central CMA

Partners: Local Government, landholders

Project summary: The existing drainage system is not formally managed and asset condition is unknown. This project will map and assess the condition of the system. It will also develop a drainage management plan where landholders agree to be responsible for ongoing management of the system.

Investment: $70 000

CMA: Goulburn Broken CMA

Partners: Local Government, Traditional Owners

Project summary: An informal local drainage system has been maintained following formal decommissioning of a pipeline. The informal system may be contributing to downstream flooding, channel erosion and sedimentation of structures downstream. This project will consider the ownership, design, and construction of known works within the project area and seek a shared position with local government.

Investment: $270 000

CMA: North East CMA

Partners: Local Government, Landholders

Project summary: Management of dryland rural drainage systems in the area lacks coordination and assets are in poor condition. This project will identify and document rural drainage assets in the area allowing identification of beneficiaries and affected parties. Where beneficiaries are willing, management plans will be prepared.

Investment: $120 000

CMA: West Gippsland CMA

Partners: Landholders

Project summary: West Gippsland CMA is aware of a number of rural drainage assets in the Kilmany Park area, but does not receive funding, nor collect fees from beneficiaries for the management of these assets. This project will fund the CMA to assess drainage assets; making necessary improvements and consider the future management arrangements for these assets.

Investment: $140 000

CMA: West Gippsland CMA

Partners: Landholders, Local Government

Project summary: Lack of clear management arrangements has led to a regionally important drainage system falling into disrepair. West Gippsland CMA will work with partners to develop a drainage management plan for the system where landholders are willing to be responsible for ongoing management.

Investment: DELWP $80 00, CMA $30 000

CMA: North Central CMA

Partners: Dja Dja Warrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Trust for Nature

Project summary: Long Swamp has been highly modified to support agricultural activities, including widespread drainage of the swamp. Since the 1990s, 95% of the swamp has been purchased to support conservation efforts. Temporary structures have demonstrated improved cultural and environmental values at the site. This project will construct a permanent regulating structure; allow for weed control and support Dja Dja Wurrung to undertake cultural surveys.

Investment: $80 000

CMA: Corangamite CMA

Partners: Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation

Project summary: Recent works in the Lough Calvert and Woady Yaloak areas have highlighted the areas importance for Aboriginal and other cultural heritage which may be at risk from works in the area. This project will conduct literature reviews and on-site assessments to develop a voluntary cultural heritage management plan for the area.

Investment: $1 055 000

CMA: Corangamite CMA

Partners: Local Government, Landholders

Project summary: The Woady Yaloak Diversion Scheme and the Lough Calvert Drainage Scheme require significant maintenance to remain viable into the future, and compliant with operational and public safety regulations. Corangamite CMA, which is responsible for the management of these schemes, will be funded to undertake critical works. Options for ongoing management will be explored, including managing the system to protect significant environmental assets in the region, and landholders choosing to take on ongoing management and maintenance of infrastructure where they benefit.

Investment: $200 000

CMA: Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Partners: Local Government, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation

Project summary: Two large drainage areas in southwest Victoria are currently being managed in an uncoordinated manner which is leading to reduced agricultural productivity and increased third party impacts. Glenelg Hopkins CMA will work with stakeholders to determine support for ongoing management arrangements.

Investment: $344 000

CMA: Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Partners: Gunditj Mirring

Project summary: Budj Bim supports a sophisticated system of channels, ponds and fish traps of the Gunditjmara people – a unique aquaculture system unlike anything else in Australia.

Drainage and other works at Budj Bim have negatively impacted the ability of the Gunditjmara people to undertake important cultural activities in the area. This project will build on the significant work at Lake Condah to identify options for restoring flow to traditional aquaculture systems across the Budj Bim area.

Page last updated: 07/07/21