The Victorian Government is creating a new water plan for the state to ensure sustainable water management strategies are in place for the future.
The plan’s nine key focus areas include:
- Responding to climate change
- Managing waterway and catchment health
- Managing water for agriculture
- Developing resilient and liveable cities and towns
- Recognising and managing for Aboriginal values
- Recognising recreational values
- Strengthening water entitlement and planning frameworks
- Realising the potential of the grid and markets
- Focusing on jobs, the economy and innovation.
In 2015, a draft plan was developed with input from key stakeholders across the water industry including water corporations, catchment management authorities, traditional land owners, local government, farming and environmental groups.
The discussion paper, Water for Victoria, is open for public consultation until 29 April 2016, with the final plan scheduled for release in mid-2016.
View the discussion paper here.