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A number of programs, tools and resources are available to assist local government stakeholders with integrated water management project implementation. 


Living Rivers

Melbourne Water's Living Rivers program offers councils funding, expertise and guidance to build understanding, skills and commitment to manage stormwater using an integrated water management approach. Funding rounds usually open in February and September each year.



Co-hosted by Melbourne Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Clearwater is building capacity for integrated water management in Victoria.
The program aims to equip the water industry with the skills, knowledge and networks to driven implementation of Integrated Water Management practices.

Tools and resources

An IWM approach to urban water planning and shared decision making throughout Victoria.

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Commissioned by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, this report will outline Australian guidelines, policies, documents and models that support integrated water management implementation, with a focus on local government areas.

The report is considered a starting point for future work. It focuses on integrated tools for master-planning rather than specific day-to-day tools for local government. Practice notes in the tool scan are can be used in tender documents.

Clearwater has uploaded all documents identified in the Tool Scan into the Water Services Association of Australia’s Water Research Access Portal. This is now a one-stop-shop for tools and resources. Clearwater is in the process of developing communication material to promote the tool and provide guidance on how to find tools relevant for delivering Integrated Water Management initiatives.

An overview of how Melbourne’s metropolitan water industry is working together to secure water supplies for the next 50 years.

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The Melbourne Water System Strategy presents a system view of water resource management across Melbourne and the surrounding region over the next 50 years.

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Understand what tools are already being used and the extent of their use in decision-making processes.

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In September 2017 the Productivity Commission released a report about national water reform.

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Hydra is a new web-based mapping tool that is changing the way we share information and work with stakeholders to enable collaborative integrated water management.

What does that mean in practice? Hydra allows authenticated users from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, local government, Catchment Management Authorities and water corporations to add and share information about existing Integrated Water Management projects and case studies.

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Outlines a potential approach to improve stormwater management in Victoria, centred around changes to planning controls

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Assessment of the functioning and implications of collaborative efforts to achieve urban greening in Melbourne’s West. 

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CRC for Water Sensitive Cities presents the key benefits and services delivered through the use of water sensitive practices.  

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Water's role in liveability

Download this research tool by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

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