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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.

Office of Living Victoria release Melbourne’s Water Future.

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

Another key outcome of the strategy is that councils, with funding support from OLV, will be asked to develop ‘local water cycle plans’, which will include goals for reduced use of drinking water, reduced wastewater to treatment plants, increased use of alternative local water sources and reduced peak flows and pollutants in waterways.

According to the strategy, OLV will work with 5 metro councils and the MAV to produce demonstration ‘local water cycle plans’ in the strategy’s first year.

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 Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) asset lifecycle costs
  • The need to develop a suite of tools or delivery pathways to IWCM 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 ICWM infrastructure.

The MAV represents councils on the OLV’s Local Government Taskforce and Integrated Water Cycle Management Steering Committee.