A community-led approach ensures iconic waterways in Melbourne’s west will be protected for generations to come
ProjectEngaging Biosphere Major Water Users in Addressing Catchment Issues Through a Water Stewardship Approach
Amount$180,000 over three years
|TRUST OBJECTIVES||PROJECT OBJECTIVES|
|This grant was approved under our previous grants policy (Jan 2014 – March 2017)|
|Rural and regional Victoria||Enable best practice water management in the Western Port community to achieve restoration of local waterways and preservation of the Biosphere|
|Building organisational capacity||Enhance Western Port Biosphere’s capacity and outreach with the community.|
|Collaboration and partnership||Water Stewardship Australia, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria, Inghams Enterprises, EPA Vic, Dept of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, local councils, businesses and community groups|
Cleaning up one of Victoria's dirtiest creeks to protect and enhance the Biosphere
A collaboration between Western Port's major water users, the community, water agencies, local government and other stakeholders seeks to achieve a sustainable water balance, good water quality, good water governance and healthy water-related areas for this UNESCO-declared area.
The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve is home to internationally significant mangrove seagrass and mudflat communities, migratory bird populations and saltmarsh habitats. Located on the fringes of urban Melbourne, challenges include rapid urbanisation, port development and climate change. As a signatory to the Ramsar Convention of 1972, Australia has an international obligation to preserve and protect these areas.
“As a good steward and water manager, we can demonstrate to customers, community, government and regulators, that we are doing the best we possibly can with the water available to us.” Julia Seddon, Head of Business Sustainability, Ingham Enterprises.
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The first time that an Indigenous-led organisation has been a resident company at a major performing arts venue in Australia
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