How to engage with the Sustainable Water Strategy

Join us in calling on the Victorian government to make river health a priority in their new Sustainable Water Strategy for southern Victoria. 

A better version of the plan is possible – one that stops too much water being taken from our rivers, sets strong targets to keep them flowing and guarantees water from sources we know actually exist. But we need your help to make it happen.

Scroll down to find out how you can get involved to help make sure our rivers have the water they need to thrive.

1) Fill out the Victorian government’s survey – and tell them you care about healthy rivers.

The Victorian government is asking for feedback on its Draft Sustainable Water Strategy. This is a chance to show our government how important healthy waterways are to people right across southern Victoria and that this should be a priority in their plan.
Have your say on healthy rivers

2) Join our webinar on Thursday 25 November to learn more

This webinar will be hosted by Environment Victoria, Environmental Justice Australia and an alliance of community and environment groups across southern Victoria. Come along to learn more about the Sustainable Water Strategy, what this has to do with the wider water crisis in Victoria and how you can help influence a better plan for our rivers.

Register for the webinar

3) Attend the Victorian government’s info sessions to find out more about your area 

The Victorian government is hosting a series of online webinars and community info sessions. This is a good opportunity to ask questions about how the Sustainable Water Strategy will impact your local area.

attend a community info session

3 KEY SOLUTIONS to let rivers be rivers

1. We need to stop taking more water from our rivers, which means a ban on any new licences to extract water.

We know there will be population growth across our region, but this cannot result in more water taken from our rivers. We’ll need to get it from other sources: fit-for-purpose water treatment, desalination and efficiency.

2. We need targets to get our rivers flowing – not just to keep them alive but to let rivers be rivers.

We have to do more than narrowly avoiding catastrophe. This means setting targets based on restoring the foundational conditions for waterway health, like connectivity from the channel to wetlands and floodplains.

3. We need guaranteed water for rivers.

The survival of our rivers can’t depend on yet-to-be-invented technological fixes happening elsewhere. Some of this should come from water that we know exists – which means all water recovery and restructuring options need to be on the table.