We are running a series of participatory design workshops on law reform for Melbourne’s western rivers and waterways. The workshops are intended to be a conversation among interested community members, organisations and NGOs as to issues that ‘river law’ reform might tackle and possible directions for change. The workshops will be held between March and July 2018, and will provide opportunities for participants to discuss and work through issues, visions, options and proposals for a new approach to legal protection for the rivers of the west.

Workshop 1: Issues and priorities

30 March 2018

The first workshop considered and drew out key issues facing the rivers of the west. Participants heard from expert speakers on river health and on planning, and worked together to identify and document issues needing to be tackled.

Discussion paper

Toward a new generation of law and policy for Melbourne’s western rivers and waterways: first steps in community design of proposals

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Urban streams

In-stream animals of the Rivers of the West: Past damage, current and future threats, and opportunities for today (Chris Walsh, University of Melbourne).

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Issues and priorities

A summary of the issues and priorities identified by participants

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Workshop 2: Visions

30 April 2018

The second workshop focused on creating a clear and ambitious vision for the future of the minor waterways and major river corridors in the west.

Case study: Werribee River

A presentation on the past, present and future of the river, by John Forrester (Werribee River Keeper)

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Case study: Kororoit Creek

A presentation on the past, present and future of the creek, by Geoff Mitchelmore (Friends of Kororoit Creek)

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Summary report

A summary of the visions identified by participants

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Workshop 3: Models and options

28 May 2018

The third workshop focused on possible models and options for law reform. Participants were invited to consider a range of possible law reform models and to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each one with regard to their vision for the future of the rivers of the west.

Discussion paper

Options and models for better legal and policy protections

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Summary report

A summary of participants’ discussions regarding options and models for better legal and policy protections

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Workshop 4: Draft proposals

2 July 2018

This fourth and final workshop will focus on a draft proposal for policy and legal protections for the rivers of the west. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Draft proposals

Draft proposals to protect and restore Melbourne’s western rivers and waterways and to defend the liveability of the west

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Summary report

A summary of participants’ discussions regarding draft proposals for a Rivers of the West Act

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