Improving the health of waterways and catchments

The wellbeing and prosperity of Victorian communities depends on our rivers, wetlands, floodplains, estuaries and catchments.

The health of Victoria’s waterways and ecosystems are at increasing risk from:

  • impacts of urbanisation
  • industrial and farming activities
  • extreme weather events

The Victorian Government is investing in protective infrastructure and working with local communities to protect our rivers and catchments.

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44% of Victoria’s high value wetlands are in moderate, poor or very poor condition.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 3 projects and reforms under this Water priority. These are detailed in the Water sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

A vision for the future at Lake Condah

Lake Condah (traditionally known as Tae Rak) was listed in 2004 as part of the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape. Gunditjmara people likened the seasonal rise and fall of Tae Rak’s water to the beating heart of the Budj Bim landscape.

The Gunditjmara have used a stone eel trap system at Tae Rak for thousands of years. This is the world’s oldest example of freshwater aquaculture. The landscape is therefore recognised as an internationally significant site. Sadly, in 1954 construction of rural drainage damaged this vital place.

After 40 years of effort, a weir constructed in 2010 restored the lake. This brought healing to the Budj Bim landscape and the Gunditjmara people. A key part of the weir construction was the promotion of Aboriginal employment.

Reactivation of the eel trap systems now provides commercial opportunities along the Budj Bim landscape. As well as cultural tourism at Lake Condah.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 2 other priorities within the Water sector. They are:

Extending and using our water grid better

Building resilience to climate change