Nairm Catchments Network

A network of community-based organisations involved in the protection and restoration of Port Phillip Bay

The Port Phillip EcoCentre, in collaboration with the Werribee River Association and Yarra Riverkeeper, has researched the potential to establish a network made up of community-based organisations involved in the protection and restoration of the Port Phillip Bay and its associated water catchment areas – potentially called the Nairm Catchments Network. Nairm is the Boon Wurrung word for Port Phillip Bay.

The Nairm Catchments Network could help protect Port Phillip Bay and its catchments by:

  • Establishing connections through which groups learn from each other, pool their expertise, share knowledge and provide strategic support
  • Building capacity within volunteer-led organisations to engage local communities and attract resources to care for their catchment
  • Supporting a body of informed organisations that can more efficiently and clearly communicate with, and advocate to, Government and its agencies for the benefit of Port Phillip Bay and each of the catchment areas
  • Acknowledging the need to effectively address ‘local’ issues strategically so that the whole area thrives
  • Acknowledging the interconnectedness of catchments and how each depends on the other, while each is unique.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Communities
Other Themes:Waterways, Wetlands, Native vegetation, Native animals, Coasts, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, Marine Environments
Primary Local Area:Port Phillip Bay
Other Local Areas:Urban Melbourne, Moorabool, Melton, Wyndham & Greater Geelong, Mornington Peninsula
Project location:Port Phillip Bay, its coasts and catchments areas
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:New project/work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Port Phillip EcoCentre
Key partners:Werribee River Association, Yarra Riverkeeper
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Community volunteering for natural resource management surpasses 1 million hours per year
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Support people to take action for nature
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Soil, biodiversity and vegetation – Projects that bring together local groups to collate and update information to produce spatially explicit data for natural resource management at regional level and provides a foundation for investment planning

More information

Nairm Catchments Network Report