The Werribee River Biolink Action Plan Project 2010-2012 was managed by LeadWest, a regional organization interested in sustainable growth and development for Melbourne's west.
LeadWest’s objective was to foster and undertake actions that will support sustainable growth and development of the region.
This project and collaborative effort was funded by a combination of a grant from the Vision for Werribee Plains and financial, environmental and planning expertise support from Melbourne Water and the three municipalities of Wyndham, Melton and Moorabool.
This initiative came out of the development and implementation of the Werribee Plains Regional Environmental Sustainability Framework launched in 2010 and the accompanying report on ‘Biodiversity connectivity: Resilience of natural assets and systems to climate change and fragmentation by urbanization’.
Well recognized major issues for the future health of our biodiversity were the impacts of fragmentation of biodiversity assets and climate change. The aim of the project was to tackle these issues by promoting the value of natural waterways and abutting land as biolinks using the Werribee River as a case study that in turn could be applied to other waterways in the Werribee Plains.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment made available a grant to LeadWest to prepare the Biolinks Action Plan, using funds made available under the Victorian Government’s Vision for Werribee Plains initiative.
The Vision for Werribee Plains aims to achieve sustainable development, generate new economic and employment opportunities and secure the region's future as an internationally focused, innovative and attractive place to live, work and invest.
LeadWest partners in this project were:
- Melbourne Water
- The City of Wyndham
- The Shire of Melton
- The Shire of Moorabool
- Werribee River Association
Werribee River Association was represented on the Management Team. WRIVA believed this project to be a very strategic one for the west of Melbourne and in particular the precious natural flora and fauna of the Werribee River catchment.