Core strategy documents

Healthy Waterways Strategy

The Healthy Waterways Strategy is the overarching planning document for the management of rivers, wetlands and estuaries in the Port Phillip and Westernport region aiming to ensure their value to the community is protected and improved, taking a 50-year outlook. This document provides the context for the Strategy, outlines the methodology for its development, and summarises the performance objectives for the five major catchments.

Healthy Waterways Strategy 16.8 MB (PDF)

Healthy Waterways Strategy (accessible version) 13.6 MB (DOCX)

Resource Document

This technical reference documents the methods and approaches, assumptions and limitations relevant to the development of the Strategy.

Resource Document 10.6 MB (PDF)

Engagement and Collaboration Report

This summary contains a record of the engagement activities, collaborative efforts and feedback that have shaped this Healthy Waterways Strategy.

Engagement and Collaboration Report 7.4 MB (PDF)


Co-Designed Catchment Programs

Adaptive programs have been collaboratively designed for each of the five major catchments. These programs will be reviewed and updated over the 10-year life of the Strategy to reflect changes in catchment condition, progress of works, and to respond flexibly to emerging opportunities or challenges.

Dandenong Catchment Region 7.3 MB (PDF)

Maribyrnong Catchment Region 9.1 MB (PDF)

Werribee Catchment Region 15.4 MB (PDF)

Westernport and Mornington Catchment Region 16.6 MB (PDF)

Yarra Catchment 7.9 MB (PDF)


Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) Framework outlines monitoring requirements for all targets (i.e. key value and waterway condition) and the regional and sub-catchment performance objectives in the Healthy Waterways Strategy and the Co-Designed Catchment Programs. The MERI Framework will include detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (MEPs) for the targets, and the performance objectives for each of the three ecosystem types – rivers, wetlands and estuaries. The MERI Framework will span the full 10 years of the strategy implementation and provide an end-of-Strategy review to guide a refresh of the strategy in 2028.

The MERI Framework is a collaborative plan in line with the co-delivery model of the strategy. A number of partner organisations, community groups and individuals will contribute data and information, and contribute to evaluations as prescribed in the MERI Framework or the detailed Monitoring and Evaluation Plans.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework 7.3 MB (PDF)

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan - Regional 2.4 MB (PDF)

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan - Rivers 8 MB (PDF)

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan - Estuaries 4.9 MB (PDF)

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan - Wetlands 4.3 MB (PDF)

Performance objectives

All performance objectives - May 2021 400 KB (XLSX)