The Victorian Government established the Barwon River Ministerial Advisory Committee (Barwon MAC) in early 2019 to facilitate a community-led approach to the future management and protection of the Barwon catchment.

The MAC has worked in partnership with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and local communities to understand the threats to the river, how to better manage these threats, and how to enhance and protect the river system.

In developing its recommendations, the Barwon MAC looked at opportunities to improve institutional, legislative and regulatory arrangements, land use planning controls, land and water management and better ways to involve Traditional Owners and the community in decision-making.

The Barwon MAC submitted their recommendations to Government in 2020. The Rivers of the Barwon Action Plan is the government’s response to the MAC’s recommendations.

Community Vision

The Barwon MAC engaged extensively with the community to develop a 50-year Community Vision. The vision is a direct reflection of feedback from communities across the catchment and was strongly supported by additional community input following the release of the Barwon MAC Discussion Paper. The Rivers of the Barwon Action Plan lays out steps to embed this Community Vision into decision-making frameworks so that it guides the management of the catchment in the long-term.

Page last updated: 23/11/21