The Victorian Government is delivering 19 Flagship Waterway projects across the state as part of a $248 million investment into improving waterway and catchment health across regional Victoria and $17 million investment towards improving our iconic urban waterways.

Activities delivered through the Flagship Waterway projects include:

  • revegetation, weed removal and fencing out of livestock – to stabilise riverbanks and surrounding land, enhance amenity, create habitat corridors and improve resilience to flooding
  • delivery of water for the environment to improve the condition of river red gums, fish, waterbirds and other native species
  • supporting communities to enjoy and protect their local rivers, estuaries and wetlands through enhanced recreational opportunities, land stewardship and citizen science programs
  • partnering with Traditional Owners to better understand and integrate Traditional Owner knowledge and values into waterway management
  • removal of in-stream barriers and improvement of aquatic habitat to allow fish and platypus to move more freely through waterways and have the conditions to thrive.

These projects are being delivered as part of Action 3.4 in Water for Victoria. Water for Victoria, released in 2016, sets a long-term direction for managing our precious water resources as we deal with the impacts of climate change and a growing population. For information on progress against actions to improve waterway and catchment health, visit the Water for Victoria page.

The first 10 Flagship Waterways have been implemented since 2016. An additional 9 new Flagship Waterway sites are now being delivered.

New projects

Kings Billabong

Mitchell River

Rivers of Warrnambool

Summaries of these projects will be available soon:

  • Upper Barwon River
  • Lower Wimmera River
  • Murray and Loddon Floodplain
  • Mid-Goulburn River
  • Cornet Inlet and Agnes River
  • Upper Mitta Mitta River

Existing projects

Page last updated: 26/01/23