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Water

With key stakeholders including VicWater, the Office of Living Victoria, EPA Victoria, Melbourne Water, universities and the Victorian and Federal Governments, we’re involved in the development of policies and programs which contribute to best-practice management of water in the urban environment.

Melbourne’s Water Future strategy

Implementation of the Office of Living Victoria’s 2013 Melbourne’s Water Future strategy will affect Metropolitan councils’ land use planning, stormwater and flood mapping. The whole-of-water-cycle strategy for Melbourne includes a greater emphasis on local water supplies such as rainwater, stormwater, and wastewater. 

MAV's submission to the OLV (Word - 232KB) raises three key implementation challenges for the strategy:

  • The need for a new revenue stream for councils to fund higher whole-of-water-cycle management (WWCM) asset lifecycle costs
  • The need to develop a suite of tools or delivery pathways to WWCM that accommodate the diversity of the local government sector
  • The need to distinguish between local community benefits, water corporation benefits and broader state-wide benefits, to provide for an appropriate basis for apportioning costs of WWCM infrastructure.

Developing the Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework 2014-2024 Discussion Paper

On 25 August the Victorian Government released the Metropolitan Whole-of-Water-Cycle Strategic Framework 2014-2024 Discussion Paper (Metropolitan Framework). The Metropolitan Framework outlines a number of roles for local government and has implications for how councils will be expected to plan, implement, fund and be evaluated for their WWCM projects and programs.

The Metropolitan Framework intends to outline a transformational urban water reform agenda that will make better use of alternative local water sources to provide safe and resilient water services system at lower cost, while also delivering liveability and environmental benefits. However the lack of certainty, clarity and detail in the framework highlights the fact that significant work still needs to be done in order to articulate a clear model capable of achieving the ambitious WWCM objectives.

MAV’s submission to the Discussion Paper (Word - 329KB) outlines key areas that require further work in order for the Metropolitan Framework to be able to effectively achieve its goals.

Domestic wastewater

In conjunction with EPA Victoria and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, an onsite domestic wastewater toolkit has been developed.