"Water is fundamental to our communities…[there is] a need to balance of agricultural, industry, recreational and environmental needs, in order to get the most of this precious resource."
– Quote from Water for Victoria Discussion Paper, April 2016
With key stakeholders including VicWater, 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 urban and rural environments.
Water for Victoria Plan
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) released a discussion paper outlining some of the challenges ahead and possible directions for a long term Water Plan for Victoria.
In response, the MAV developed a submission in consultation with councils, and will be working with DELWP to further explore water issues involving local government.
See the MAV's Water for Victoria discussion paper (Word - 375KB).
Other water policy submissions
We made a submission to the Office of Living Victoria (Word - 232KB), which raised 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.
Additionally, MAV's submission to the 2014 Metropolitan Whole of Water Cycle Strategic Framework 2014-2024 Discussion Paper (Word - 329KB) outlined key areas that require further work in order for the Metropolitan Framework to be able to effectively achieve its goals.
For more information, contact:
03 9667 5520