To better understand what is valued by local councils and their community, Melbourne Water for the first time is inviting you to prioritise the services outcomes in the 2021 Waterways and Drainage Investment Plan (WDIP).

Melbourne Water together with our delivery partners provide outstanding waterways, land, and drainage services across greater Melbourne, including the rehabilitation of rivers and creeks, maintaining wetlands, managing stormwater flows, building habitat for wildlife, and upkeep of public open space.

To deliver many of these services we work together, collaborating on the best approaches that make the most of our collective efforts for the community’s that we serve. In order to fulfil our responsibility and fund this work, a Waterways and Drainage Charge is collected from homeowners and non-residential customers in metropolitan Melbourne as well as rural land owners. The focus for the 2021 WDIP is balancing our regulatory obligations with the expectations of our community, the expertise and experience of our stakeholders, internal risk assessment, and advice from DELWP and the Essential Services Commission (ESC).

The perspective of local government is crucial to this and we invite you to have a strong voice on the issues and decisions important to you.

How do you have your voice?

Read through the documents available and watch the short video below, all of which outline the purpose of the Local Government Submissions to the WDIP and the value of your input on your prioritised outcomes. We encourage you to collaborate internally to coordinate one submission on behalf of your Council, to ensure your Council’s voice is heard within the 2021 WDIP.


Electronic Submissions Open

Open Thursday, 5 September 2019 - Close Friday, 11 October 2019

Complete your Council's submission by clicking on the link below.


Information Session

MAV along with Melbourne Water will be hosting an information session to go through the details of how the captured data will be used and will be an opportunity to answer your questions with regards to the process. For background information to the WDIP please view the Melbourne Water WDIP webpage.

WhenThursday 19th September, 2019
Time11:00am - 1:00pm
LocationMelbourne Water, 990 LaTrobe Street, Docklands (light lunch provided)


*RSVPs will be managed by MAV and close Friday 13 September, 5.00pm (limited spots available). Please RSVP directly to MAV by clicking on the below link.