Healthy riparian land – land that runs along river banks and wetlands – is critical for healthy waterways.

The Regional Riparian Action Plan is a five-year plan to accelerate on-ground riparian management works to improve the health of riparian land along Victoria's regional rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Works include fencing to manage stock, revegetation programs, weed management and construction of off-stream watering systems.

An additional $40 million is being provided by the state government for riparian works from 2015 to 2020 to implement the action plan.

Regional Riparian Action Plan (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Regional Riparian Action Plan (DOCX, 72.3 KB)

The following regional plans have been extracted from the above full Regional Riparian Action Plan.

The action plan outlines priority riparian management outcomes to be achieved across regional Victoria over the period of 2015-16 to 2019-20. These priorities were informed by regional Waterway Strategies, which were developed by catchment management authorities in consultation with catchment communities.

The action plan also identifies state-wide initiatives required to accelerate the delivery of on-ground riparian management works, complementing the riparian actions and policy in the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy.

The action plan was developed in consultation with key stakeholders including catchment management authorities, Traditional Owner groups, Landcare, Environment Victoria, the Victorian National Parks Association and Victorian Farmers Federation.

Healthy riparian land is important for a range of reasons including as habitat for native animals, providing a connection between areas of remnant vegetation, and as a filter for nutrients and sediments from catchment run-off. Riparian land and waterways hold important cultural values for Victoria's Traditional Owners. Waterways are also important drivers of social, recreational and economic activity through fishing, tourism, walking and boating.

Well-managed riparian land also has benefits for farmers including easier stock management and access to better quality water for stock from troughs. Riparian vegetation also acts as windbreaks for protecting stock and reducing soil erosion.

The action plan will be delivered with a range of stakeholders including the nine regional Victorian CMAs, Traditional Owners, Landcare and other community groups, and farmers.

Year 1 achievements report

Implementation of the Regional Riparian Action Plan commenced in 2015-16. During this first year, catchment management authorities - working with over 400 landholders, Landcare groups and other partners - protected or improved over 750 kilometres and over 11,500 hectares of riparian land. This was able to be achieved with an extra $10 million provided by the Victorian Government in 2015-16 for the action plan's implementation.

For further details, including some regional riparian project case studies, refer to the Year 1 achievements report.

Regional Riparian Action Plan Year 1 achievements report (PDF, 149.0 KB)
Regional Riparian Action Plan Year 1 achievements report  (RTF, 302.9 KB)

Year 2 achievements report

During the second year of the implementation of the Regional Riparian Action Plan, catchment management authorities - working with over 340 landholders, Landcare groups and other partners - protected or improved 760 kilometres and over 16,500 hectares of riparian land.

This brings the total over the two years of implementation to the protection or improvement of over 1,500 kilometres and over 26,000 hectares of riparian land - 61% and 92% respectively of the 5-year action plan targets.

This was able to be achieved with an extra $30 million provided by the Victorian Government from 2016/17 to 2019/20 for the action plan's implementation - part of the broader $222 million initiative to improve the health of waterways and catchments across regional Victoria.

For further details, including some regional riparian project case studies, refer to the Year 2 achievements report.

Regional Riparian Action Plan Year 2 achievements report (PDF, 526.7 KB)

Regional Riparian Action Plan Year 2 achievements report (DOCX, 714.2 KB)