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Monitoring

Monitoring of progress toward the targets of this Regional Catchment Strategy will draw on data and information from diverse sources as outlined in the following table.

ThemeTargetsSource of dataFrequency of data updatesNotes
Water supply and use1.1 Environmental water
1.2 Water for Traditional Owners
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Environmental Water Holder, Melbourne Water AnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by DELWP, the VEWH and that undertaken by Melbourne Water to coordinate implementation of the Healthy Waterways Strategy
Waterways2.1 Vegetation extent along waterways
2.2 Vegetation quality along waterways
2.3 Fish in waterways
Melbourne WaterAnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by Melbourne Water to coordinate implementation of the Healthy Waterways Strategy
2.4 Waterway amenityDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne Water AnnualThe methods for monitoring waterway amenity will be further developed by DELWP and Melbourne Water, and incorporated into this monitoring program once refined
Wetlands3.1 Wetlands water regime
3.2 Wetlands vegetation
3.3 Wetlands water quality
Melbourne Water AnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by Melbourne Water to coordinate implementation of the Healthy Waterways Strategy
3.4 Ramsar wetlandsDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne Water AnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by DELWP and Melbourne Water as part of their responsibilities for Ramsar wetland stewardship and management
Groundwater4.1 Groundwater supply and use
4.2 Groundwater quality
Southern Rural WaterAnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by Southern Rural Water as part of its responsibilities for groundwater management
Native vegetation5.1 New parksDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks VictoriaEvery two years starting in 2024 This specific data will be requested from DELWP, Parks Victoria and other relevant bodies, and may be supplemented with information about ecosystem health in National, State and Regional Parks collected by Parks Victoria as part of its Signs of Healthy Parks monitoring program
5.2 Permanent protectionTrust for NatureEvery two years starting in 2024 This specific data will be requested from Trust for Nature
5.3 Revegetation
5.4 Major new biolinks
5.5 Pest and weed control
Key organisations including Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024 Targeted survey to collect relevant data from each – coordinated by Melbourne Water. This will be supplemented with information collected and collated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
5.6 Threatened vegetationDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Every two years starting in 2024 This specific data will be requested from DELWP as part of its implementation and monitoring of Biodiversity 2037
Native animals6.1 Diversity of native animalsVictorian Biodiversity Atlas and other databanks of native animal records, plus other sources (for example, Council monitoring such as the Shire of Macedon Ranges’ long-term biodiversity monitoring program)Every five years starting in 2024This will be a re-assessment of the likely persistence of native animal species across the region, repeating the method used previously by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority so it enables assessment of change and trends over time
6.2 Threatened animalsDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Every two years starting in 2024 This specific data will be requested from DELWP as part of its implementation and monitoring of Biodiversity 2037
6.3 Pest predator controlKey organisations including Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024 A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect relevant data from each organisation, and will be supplemented with any information collected by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Land use7.1 Land useVictorian Land Cover Time Series data managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 5 yearlyUpdates to this data will enable monitoring over time of changes in land use (including agricultural area, native vegetation area and urban area)
Soil health8.1 Exposed soilAustralian National UniversityAnnualThis data is annually analysed and published as part of a nation-wide reporting program coordinated by ANU
Sustainable agriculture9.1 Land for agricultureVictorian Land Cover Time Series data managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning5 yearlyUpdates to this data will enable monitoring over time of changes in land use (including agricultural area, native vegetation area and urban area)
9.2 Sustainable agriculture systemsTo be developed2-5 yearly (to be defined)The method for monitoring adoption of sustainable agriculture systems will be developed by DELWP and Melbourne Water, and incorporated into this monitoring program once refined
9.3 Agricultural productionAgCensus4-5 yearlyThis data is collected and published as part of a nation-wide census program, and refinement can then be undertaken to cut the data to match this region’s Local Areas
Coasts10.1 Coastal vegetationVictorian Land Cover Time Series data managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 5 yearlyUpdates to this data will enable monitoring over time of changes in native vegetation cover in coastal zones
Estuaries11.1 Estuarine flow regime
11.2 Estuarine vegetation
Melbourne WaterAnnualThe monitoring of progress towards these targets is a subset of that undertaken by Melbourne Water to coordinate implementation of the Healthy Waterways Strategy
Marine environments12.1 Marine water qualityEnvironment Protection Authority and Melbourne WaterAnnualThe monitoring of progress towards this target is a subset of existing water quality monitoring and reporting program
12.2 Marine parksParks Victoria2-5 yearly (to be determined) This is part of Parks Victoria’s role managing marine protected areas, and the reporting will draw on information from Parks Victoria’s
health assessments of Marine Protected Areas
12.3 Marine habitat
12.4 Marine pests
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning2-5 yearly (to be determined)The methods for monitoring progress towards these targets will be refined but are expected to draw on monitoring and reporting that will be routinely undertaken by DELWP as part of state-wide marine and coastal programs
12.5 FisheriesFisheries Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning2-5 yearly (to be determined) The methods for monitoring progress towards these targets will be refined but are expected to draw on monitoring and reporting that is routinely undertaken by Fisheries Victoria and DELWP
Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians13.1 Traditional Owners as the ‘voice’ for waterways and CountryKey organisations including Registered Aboriginal Parties, Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024
A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect data from relevant organisations
13.2 Cultural heritage sitesVictorian Aboriginal Heritage Register OngoingUpdated data for this region will be sought each two years
13.3 Indigenous representation in natural resource managementKey organisations including Registered Aboriginal Parties, Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024
A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect data from relevant organisations
13.4 Indigenous employment in natural resource managementKey organisations including Registered Aboriginal Parties, Government organisations and CouncilsEvery two years starting in 2024
A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect relevant data from each organisation, and will be supplemented with information from the annual public sector People Matter survey report
Communities14.1 Landcare Group health
14.2 Community volunteering
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
AnnualThis is a state-wide survey from which regional- and local-scale information will be extracted, which may be supplemented with additional information collected at a regional scale by Melbourne Water and other organisations
14.3 Community participationKey organisations including Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024 A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect relevant data from each organisation
Climate change15.1 Carbon emissionsVictorian Government and water authorities2-5 yearly (to be determined) The method for monitoring progress toward this target will be developed, and is expected to draw on information from the Victorian Government, water authorities and other sources
15.2 Cooling, greening MelbourneResilient Melbourne2-5 yearly (to be determined) Progress toward this target will be monitored as part of Resilient Melbourne’s coordination of the Living Melbourne: Our Metropolitan Urban Forest strategy. This will include reassessment of the canopy and shrub cover across areas of Melbourne
15.3 Climate change adaptationKey organisations including Government organisations and Councils Every two years starting in 2024 A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect relevant data from each organisation
Implementation16.1 Partner Organisations
16.2 Investment in natural resource management
16.3 Strengthened links with the planning systems
Key organisations including Government organisations and CouncilsEvery two years starting in 2024A targeted survey will be undertaken by Melbourne Water to collect relevant data from each organisation
16.4 ReportingCollation of data and information from all sources listed aboveEvery two years starting in 2024 A report will be prepared and published by Melbourne Water

Reporting

Reporting on the condition and management of land and water resources in this region will be coordinated by Melbourne Water. A report on implementation of the strategy and catchment condition will be published every second year from 2024 onwards. It is anticipated that the reporting will be in a format consistent with that by the Catchment Management Authorities across Victoria to support state-wide reporting processes. The reports will be published on this Regional Catchment Strategy website.

The following table outlines the main steps of Regional Catchment Strategy implementation, reporting, review and renewal over the next 6 years.

2022202320242025202620272028
New Regional Catchment Strategy published with an up-to-date assessment of the condition of the region’s natural resources

Implementation begins
Implementation continuesImplementation continues

Report published on progress with implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy and condition of the natural resources of the region (including progress towards targets)
Implementation continues

Mid-term review of the strategy undertaken, assessing effectiveness of the strategy to date and identifying any significant changes required for the strategy
Implementation continues

Report published on progress with implementation of the Regional Catchment Strategy and condition of the natural resources of the region (including progress towards targets)
Implementation continuesImplementation continues

A major review and strategy renewal undertaken with re-assessment of the condition of the region’s natural resources, extensive community consultation and subsequent Ministerial approval