The 2018-19 Victorian State budget included $3.215 million for new projects to improve visitor enjoyment of waterways through improved access and visitor facilities - the Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative.
The initiative aims to investigate options for improved recreational access and facilities at nine sites across Victoria, including the lower Werribee River.
As part of this initiative, we are creating a Water Recreation Plan to be developed in consultation with the community to identify potential sites for construction of on-ground facilities for improving community access and recreational use of lower Werribee River.
This Plan will look at ways to support a range of recreational activities from the confluence of Davis Creek to thePort Phillip Bay estuary including options such as boat ramps, fishing platforms, visitor signage and access paths.
The project will be delivered in partnership with Parks Victoria, Wyndham City Council and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Why the lower Werribee?
Through collaboration with key stakeholders including the Werribee Riverkeeper, Parks Victoria and Wyndham City Council, we have identified that the community is already accessing the river informally, resulting in erosion and damage to the river bank, vegetation and riparian habitat.
This project will help to identify formal, safe access for people whilst also reducing the environmental impacts on the river, water quality, flora and fauna.
It will also look to raise the profile of Werribee, making it a more attractive place to live and visit, increasing tourism into the area. This will bring both social and economic benefits for the growing population of Werribee and the local economy.
During the development of the draft Water Recreation Plan, we will continue to consult and collaborate with community, key project partners such as Traditional Owners, DELWP, Parks Victoria and Council, as well as stakeholders, to ensure that we have identified all potential opportunities to create a blueprint for potential future projects.
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