Coastal Programs

Coastal Programs

The Werribee River Association (WRivA) has worked on and promoted to the local community a number of coastal matters for many years.

That work includes

  • Revegetation and rehabilitation in the estuary on Graham’s Wetland Reserve
  • Estuary fish surveys with Arthur Rylah Institute (DELWP)
  • Monitoring and comment on environmental flows into the estuary
  • Sampling nutrient inflows from stormwater into the bay
  • Introductory work on sand profiles
  • Involvement in earlier coastal strategies
  • Involvement with the formation and management of Werribee River Park
  • Involvement and interest in Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant
  • Involvement and interest in Point Cook Homestead Park and Cheetham Wetlands
  • Participation in investigations into Melbourne’s new container port
  • Attendance at forums and workshops on coastal management and research
  • Consideration given to further research work on sediments and drift algae in the bay

WRivA has formed partnerships with:

  • Sustainability Victoria on microplastics research
  • Port Phillip Bay EcoCentre on microplastics
  • Monash & Melbourne Universities on research into nutrient samples for stormwater
  • Beach Patrol Australia for community led volunteerism on litter clean-ups, research and advocacy
  • Tangaroa Blue and Take 3 for the Sea programs on litter habits, reduction and data collection

WRivA currently has members on the steering group for the City of Wyndham’s new coastal strategy which will set the path for the future as Port Phillip Bay’s longest stretch of undeveloped coastline becomes under threat from development.