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The Flagship waterways project will improve catchment and waterway health across regional and urban areas. The Victorian Government has invested $248 million towards improvements in regional Victoria. An extra $17 million will improve our urban waterways.

These waterways are home to some of our most iconic species, such as the platypus. It will also preserve Budj Bim, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What type of works will happen through these projects?

Planting native flora, removing weeds and fencing out of livestock to stabilise riverbanks. This will enhance amenity, create habitat corridors and improve resilience to flooding.

Delivering water for the environment. This will improve the condition of river red gums and other native species.

Removing in-stream barriers and improvement of aquatic habitat. As a result, fish and platypus can move through waterways and have the conditions to thrive.

How will the community benefit?

The project will enhance recreational opportunities, land stewardship and citizen science programs.

In partnership with Traditional Owners, we can understand and integrate their knowledge and values into waterway management.

The project will support communities in protecting and enjoying their local rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Also, the project's monitoring activities will inform our waterways' long-term management and health.

Since 2016, we've implemented the first 10 Flagship Waterways. An extra 9 new Flagship Waterway sites are now being delivered.

New projects

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

Existing projects

Page last updated: 07/09/23