Strategy development

Learning from the past and looking ahead

Researching and compiling the Regional Catchment Strategy was a major responsibility of the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (now Melbourne Water). This Strategy builds on three previous editions published in 1997, 2004 and 2014. It draws on the growing understanding of how region-scale strategy can foster collaborations to pursue a shared vision for healthy and resilient environments and well-managed natural resources.

Much was learned from writing and implementing the previous editions. In developing this fourth edition, the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (now Melbourne Water) has:

  • Continued to improve the Strategy’s presentation as a website so it can be updated as required and is accessible to virtually everyone, anywhere, on demand
  • Strengthened the Strategy’s recognition of Traditional Owners, their role as the voice for Country, their ecological knowledge, aspirations and status in planning and action
  • Positioned the Strategy as a high-level document that compiles over 100 natural resource management policies and plans from across the region and expresses them as long-term condition targets that people and organisations can adopt and pursue together
  • Created a Prospectus of projects and investment opportunities from many organisations that will contribute to achieving the Strategy’s targets
  • Made this Strategy part of a ‘boxed set’ of ten, consistently-presented strategies for integrated catchment management across Victoria.

The development of this strategy has been undertaken with the following steps: