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Community campaign delivers Rivers of the West long-needed focus

Aug 28, 2018

LeadWest welcomes today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a new Ministerial Advisory Committee to engage with communities and Traditional Owners to develop a Waterways of the West Action Plan.

The announcement follows a strong campaign by Environmental Justice Australia, local river groups and LeadWest to see rivers in Melbourne’s West given better protection.

“It is fantastic to see the rivers of Melbourne’s West finally get some of the protections that have helped to restore rivers in other parts of our city.

“We love our waterways in the West but almost all of the responsibility for their care has sat with dedicated local community groups.

“These are rivers that previously served as the drains for heavy industry, and today are under increasing pressure as our region’s booming population is seeing more and more development adjacent to waterways.

“This new Advisory Committee and the Action Plan it will deliver is the first step to restoring rivers of Melbourne’s west to better condition, and creating some of the additional amenities so communities can better enjoy them.”

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