On a sunny winter’s day, a group of government and community representatives gathered along a stretch of the Werribee River near Manorvale Parade, to officially launch the Waterways of The West (WOW) CALD Toolkit for Practitioners.
Surrounded by houses, the water’s edge and along the Werribee River trail, this was a fine location for the Minister of Water, Hon. Harriet Shing MP, to oversee the official launch proceedings, that was also attended by the Member for Point Cook, Matt Kalahari and the Member for Kororoit, Luba Grigorovitch.
Also in attendance was Briony Grice and Pratchi Samir from the Urban Waterways team at DEECA, Wadawurrung Interim CEO Liam Murphy and Wadawurrung Water Officer Michael Cook; Werribee River Association staff, Charlotte Williamson, Jess Fairfax, and John Forrester; and invited community representatives, Miwako Okumura, Sudha Narayan, Swati Baindur, Rory Hudson, Imran Kashem and Rosetta Ogrizek.
During her speech, Minister Shing highlighted her pleasure at being taken to a beautiful part of a waterway in the west, and of the State Government’s commitment to the west of Melbourne.
Werribee Riverkeeper, John Forrester spoke about the Werribee River Association’s work with diverse community members, and of the future vision for the creation of a hub to build on the desired outcomes of the toolkit and the Waterways of the West Action Plan.
The gathering provided much opportunity for mingling and was a real meet of creative, passionate and powerful minds, all working together for healthy waterways and connected communities.
You can get the toolkit online via this link: https://www.water.vic.gov.au/…/waterways-of-the-west…
Thanks to Imran Kashem at Westend Photography for taking photos on the day.