For the 2013 version of the Strategy, the community identified what they value about our rivers, estuaries and wetlands (waterways). These included the ability to cycle along a river, flourishing native plants and having clean waterways.

These became known in the Strategy as ‘waterway values’, and further refined based on:

  • Their importance to the community
  • The availability of data to assess condition
  • The ability to adequately represent the range of values found in rivers, estuaries and wetlands

They are: Environmental values; Social values; Cultural values; Economic values.

We have been revisiting these to ensure they remain current. For instance, we have added to the Social Values set in response to changing times and expectations of the waterways.

What the waterway values are

They have been classified into four sets:

Environmental values

This refers to animals and vegetation.

Birds, Fish, Frogs, Macroinvertebrates (Waterbugs), Platypus, and Vegetation

Social values

This refers to how waterways provide an escape from the busy urban environment.

Recreation, Amenity, and Community Connection

Cultural values

This is based on the physical and spiritual connection of Traditional Owners to their lands and waters.

Economic values

This refers to the ability of a waterway to provide for liveability, growth and prosperity.