The Victorian Waterway Management Strategy provided a detailed statewide policy framework for managing Victoria’s waterways from 2013 to 2021. The strategy aimed to maintain or improve the condition of Victoria’s waterways so they can support environmental, social, cultural and economic values that are important to communities.
While the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) led the implementation of the strategy, regional implementation was led by waterway managers from the nine Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) in regional Victoria and Melbourne Water in the Port Phillip and Westernport region.
In 2021, RMCG completed an independent review of the strategy for DELWP as a key activity in the evaluation and reporting stage of the strategy’s adaptive management approach.
The main purposes of the review were to:
RMCG’s review framework focused on three key components including design (development), delivery (implementation) and impact (success and lessons) including progress towards the strategy’s vision and objectives.
During the review process, 58 stakeholders were interviewed, 47 participants completed an online survey, two workshops were held with DELWP policy and program leads, and one workshop was held with waterway managers.
A panel of four industry experts also worked alongside RMCG to provide independent advice and expertise to the review of the strategy.
The independent review has since helped DELWP understand the key strengths, limitations and lessons learnt from the Victorian Waterway Management Strategy.