We asked people in the Sunbury region to share their ideas about future water management for this growing region.

From targeted discussions and online surveys, community workshops, and one-on-one conversations, the ideas shared have played a vital role in understanding what matters to the community when it comes to water and our waterways, liveability and the environment. Read a summary of these ideas in our community engagement report.

We also shared them with the Sunbury's Water Future community panel, who met across May and June to deliberate the question:

'What water management options are best for our community and the environment?

The Sunbury's Water Future community panel

Over five, full-day sessions, the panel, consisting of 30-35 randomly selected members of the community, explored and deliberated topics and solutions related to the future of Sunbury's water management. These include recycled water and stormwater, catchments and waterways, climate change and urban growth. Read our Community Panel Deliberative Process to learn more.

To get them started, they received a background report, a series of fact sheets about the issues being faced, and the findings from our wide community engagement report. During the sessions, subject matter experts came along to speak to the panel and answered their questions on a range of topics.

On Saturday 29 June, the Sunbury’s Water Future community panel delivered its recommendations to Western Water and Melbourne Water on which water management solutions they believe will be best for the community and the environment.

To learn more about the panel's recommendations, read the panel report.

To provide feedback on the Community Panel Report, please email [email protected]

A big thank you to the panel for all their hard work!

The enthusiasm, level of engagement, community spirit and the way in which the panel embraced this complex task is testament to the important role community plays in the work we do.

Western Water and Melbourne Water will provide a response to the panel’s recommendations within the next three months and, over the next few years, will use the panel’s recommendations to the greatest extent possible in developing a detailed integrated water management plan for Sunbury.

Watch these short videos to learn more about what Sunbury's community thinks about future water management, the environment, and being on a community panel.

Who was the Sunbury's Water Future Community Panel?

infographic of community panel demographics

Learn more about community panels and the deliberative engagement process in our FAQs in the side bar of this page.