WRIVA sees this action plan as very strategic project for the west of Melbourne and in particular human health in light of climate change, the rapid urban growth in the west of Melbourne and the threats to precious natural plants & animals of the Werribee River catchment.
LeadWest’s objective was to foster and undertake actions that will support sustainable growth and development of the region, in this case promoting the value of natural waterways and adjoining land as encouraging links with nature.
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 for the ‘Werribee River Biolink Action Plan Project 2010-2012’.