The Victorian Government is committed to protecting the waterways of Melbourne’s west.
In 2018, the Victorian Government has launched the Waterways of the West – a community-led approach to ensure iconic waterways in Melbourne’s west are protected for generations to come. Waterways of focus include the Maribyrnong River, Werribee River and Moonee Ponds Creek.
Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee and Action Plan
The Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee was appointed to work with the community, Traditional Owners and industry to present a range of recommendations for the Waterways of the West to government.
In response to the advisory committee recommendations, the Victorian Government is developing a new Waterways of the West Action Plan to ensure that Melbourne’s western waterways are healthy and thriving for years to come, contributing to Melbourne’s identity as a vibrant and liveable city. The Action Plan will be released in late 2020.
Maribyrnong River Valley Vision and Design Guidelines
The Maribyrnong River is a unique environment and a resource for Melbourne's western and northern suburbs.
Members of the local community have a strong attachment to the river, including an appreciation of its industrial and cultural heritage and recreational and environmental values. A sense of remoteness is still available in the upper reaches of the river.
The Maribyrnong River Valley Vision and Design Guidelines, prepared in 2010, established a broad vision for a healthy, vibrant river with quality open space, good walking and cycling trails and sensitive development that protects the river’s natural and cultural heritage. The outcomes of this work are available under the Documents tab on this page.
Waterways of the West Ministerial Advisory Committee - Discussion Paper
Over an 18-month period, the advisory committee worked with the community, Traditional Owners and industry to develop a range of recommendations to government on Melbourne’s western waterways. The October 2019 discussion paper can be found on Engage Victoria.
Maribyrnong River Valley - A Shared Vision for a Vibrant River
Maribyrnong River Valley - A Shared Vision for a Vibrant River outlines the vision established for the seven distinct sections of the river. It summarises the priorities for action and the design guidelines to achieve the vision.
Maribyrnong River Valley Design Guidelines
The Maribyrnong River Valley Design Guidelines provide a framework to help achieve greater planning consistency along the river valley.