Managing our waterways is complex and realising their full potential requires a coordinated, holistic approach.

We will be building on past successes and lessons, and the community’s knowledge, experience and goals, to explore how local governments, nature groups, industry groups, individuals and Melbourne Water can work together to achieve the goals and targets.


We have been partnering organisations on various initiatives, which we plan to continue and
expand in delivering the Strategy. This includes efforts in:

This includes providing curriculum resources to teach students about Melbourne’s water resources and the water cycle

Capacity building
This includes holding specialised training workshops and technical tours for the water industry
and industry partners through our Clearwater program

Citizen science
This includes developing apps such as platypusSPOT and Frog Census to educate
communities about our waterways and the wildlife that depend on them

Collaborative governance is at the heart of the Strategy; we will be inviting traditional owner groups, catchment management authorities, local government and other stakeholders to join us as a Healthy Waterways Strategy partner.

In using an adaptive management framework, we will be continuously refining our management by building on our experiences and lessons.


Monitoring will be done to inform our evaluation and reporting.

As part of this, we will be collecting information on factors that may impact implementation, such as: climate variability, drought, flood, bushfires, population growth and land use change.


Assessing the Strategy’s progress will be based on the following criteria:

  • Impact
  • Appropriateness
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Legacy


We will be evaluating the effectiveness of the Strategy, and reporting on this every year.

A monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) plan to flesh out the plan in detail will be developed.