Protection for Barwon River

Environment Pillar

The State Government has announced a new body to protect and improve the Barwon River, Moorabool River and associated waterways.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) will develop a series of recommendations for the Minister for Water and Minister for Planning to create a community vision for the river, associated waterways and their landscapes. This will build on recent community engagement and focus on Aboriginal cultural heritage and recreation, among other priorities.

The MAC will be led by independent Chair, Christine Forster - who has significant experience in natural resource management - to oversee governance and engagement processes that support the plan over the next 18 months. As part of the process, the State Government will improve visitor facilities and recreational access to the Barwon River as part of a new initiative to improve river health.

In partnership with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, $480,000 will fund the building of all-ability platforms for fishing, paddling, pet-swimming and small boat access through various sites of the Geelong section of Barwon River.

The River was selected as one of nine priority areas receiving funding as part of the State Government’s $3.2 million Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative to protect and enhance waterways across Victoria.