Riparian management activities are primarily funded from the state and Australian governments. In particular, through implementation of the Regional Riparian Action Plan, an additional $40 million is being provided for riparian works from 2015 to 2020.

Riparian management activities typically include:

  • Stock management fencing;
  • Revegetation;
  • Maintenance or improvement of existing indigenous vegetation;
  • Controlled grazing;
  • Provision of off-stream stock watering infrastructure; and
  • Weed management.

Regional Waterway Strategies, developed by waterway managers in 2014, identify high value waterways and outline the regional priorities for riparian management to guide investment over an eight-year period.

Riparian management activities provide many benefits to the community:

  • Improved water quality (with significant benefits to public health due to improved drinking water quality);
  • Better stock management, stock water quality and stock productivity;
  • Improved waterway condition;
  • Improved terrestrial habitat and biolinks; and
  • Sequestering carbon.

The scale of riparian work has meant that some waterways in the state are now almost entirely fenced and protected. For example, the floodplain section of the Snowy River in East Gippsland is almost entirely fenced and about 1600 kilometres of the Glenelg River and its tributaries have been fenced.

Regional Riparian Action Plan

The Regional Riparian Action Plan, released in 2015, is a five-year plan to accelerate on-ground riparian management works to improve the health of riparian land along Victoria's waterways. The action plan outlines priority riparian management outcomes to be achieved across regional Victoria over the period 2015-16 to 2019-20. These priorities were informed by regional Waterway Strategies which were developed by catchment management authorities.

Implementing the Regional Riparian Action Plan is also a key commitment in Victoria’s Water Plan, Water for Victoria.

For further information on the action plan go to the Regional Riparian Action Plan page.

Riparian intervention monitoring program

Understanding how riparian systems change in response to management will improve the efficiency, effectiveness and long-term benefits of riparian management in Victoria. The riparian intervention monitoring program (RIMP) is a long-term intervention monitoring program aimed at demonstrating the responses of riparian land to management activities. It is being undertaken on a selection of sites around Victoria by waterway managers in conjunction with landholders.

The program uses a robust experimental design to measure ecological responses to riparian management interventions, such as fencing weed management and revegetation, and understand sources of variability. The program ensures that knowledge gained through the monitoring and evaluation process is used to improve delivery standards that underpin riparian investment decisions and to communicate the benefits of riparian management delivered through initiatives such as the Regional Riparian Action Plan.

Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

Healthy fisheries need healthy habitat. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring recreational fishers are involved in riparian habitat improvement projects across Victoria. As a commitment in Victoria's Water Plan, Water for Victoria, the government is providing about $1 million over four years (2016-17 to 2019-20) for the Angler Riparian Partnerships Program.

The funding will be used for partnerships between the nine regional catchment management authorities (CMAs) and recreational angling groups to deliver riparian improvement works in areas of local priority for anglers. Works typically include stock management fencing, revegetation and weed management.

This will give local angling groups the ability to work directly with CMAs on riparian areas that are important to them and improve fishing in their favourite fishing streams.

An information sheet has been developed which provides a brief overview of the Angler Riparian Partnerships Program and how anglers can get involved in riparian projects.

Members of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association planting trees on the Goulburn River. Credit: Goulburn Broken CMA