Awarded by the AILA to Melbourne Water for Nationally Significant Programs for the Stewardship and Care of Water
With Melbourne’s water supply challenges and healthy rivers aspirations, THE AILA commends Melbourne Water’s leadership in integrated urban water management and water sensitive urban design.
Melbourne Water’s Living River Program has an important role in delivering waterway health improvement outcomes through the application of Water Sensitive Urban Design in collaboration with local government.
The two key strategic frameworks recognised through this award are the Waterways Water Quality Strategy and Better Bays and Waterways.
The AILA commends the Living Rivers program and in particular recognises the empowerment of landscape architects as key collaborators in addressing future water challenges.
awarded November 2010
ABOUT MELBOURNE WATER’S LIVING RIVERS PROGRAM
Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers Program was established in July 2006 to aid the long term improvement of Melbourne’s urban stormwater management. Part of the Stormwater team in Melbourne Water’s Waterways group, the Living Rivers team provides councils in the Port Phillip and Westernport region with funding, training, guidance and support related to:
- improvements in strategic stormwater management
- improvements in structural stormwater management
- initiatives that remove pollutants from stormwater.
Projects implemented with partner councils are intended to:
- improve the quality of rivers and creeks receiving stormwater
- demonstrate processes that successfully improve stormwater management practices
- encourage further development of councils’ capabilities in stormwater management
- make effective use of stakeholder engagement practices
- promote local government leadership in successful design.
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