Welcome to the Port Phillip & Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy
Victoria’s Regional Catchment Strategies
Regional Catchment Strategies bring together organisations, groups and communities that are active in land, water and biodiversity management in their region. There are ten strategies covering Victoria. Each outlines the vision for its region, assesses current condition and sets targets for the future. They outline how work in each region contributes to implementing government policies and achieving statewide targets, whilst also incorporating the knowledge and priorities of local communities.
This Regional Catchment Strategy
The Port Phillip and Western Port region is home to more than five million people and includes urban Melbourne, growth centres on the urban fringe, highly productive farming, forested parks and ranges, and a network of rivers, wetlands and estuaries which flow to our two valuable bays Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. The region faces numerous, complex challenges including climate change, increasing urbanisation and population growth, and loss of biodiversity.
This Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy broadly describes how land, water and biodiversity is managed across the region, highlights the connections between them, and identifies targets for the future health and resilience of the region’s environment.
Around 120 organisations have agreed to be Partner Organisations for this Regional Catchment Strategy so far. These include Government agencies and authorities, Registered Aboriginal Parties, Local Government Councils, non-Government organisations and many community groups. This strongly signals that there are many enthusiastic and willing supporters for natural resource and environmental management programs in this region.
If your organisation supports the directions of the strategy, you can join the list of Partner Organisations that are willing to share knowledge and contribute to achieving the targets.