Our Region, Our Environment, Our Future.
State Government Victoria
The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region

Process for review

Several factors can impact on this Regional Catchment Strategy’s currency such as sudden changes to the environmental condition, new information becoming available, movements in government policy and shifts in available resources.  Periodic amendments to this strategy may therefore be important to keep it up-to-date.

Any changes to the strategy (specifically the pages in the 'About the Strategy', 'Assets & Targets' and 'Interactive Map' sections) will be made only after a process that includes a period of community consultation and Ministerial consideration and approval, as per the requirements of the Catchment & Land Protection Act 1994.

The process for identifying, considering and approving changes is:

  1. Potential changes/improvements to the strategy can be proposed to the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (as the coordinator of the strategy) at any time by any organisation or individual;
  2. The Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority will maintain a list of the most important and/or beneficial potential changes and the rationale for them (Potential changes) and consultation will be undertaken regarding these potential changes;
  3. At times when there is sufficient importance or benefit to warrant the potential changes to the strategy, they will be presented by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water;
  4. The potential changes will be considered by the Minister and, if approved, will be subsequently made by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

The website format of this strategy enables changes, once they are Ministerially approved, to be made relatively quickly and the updated strategy to be immediately available to its users.

Suggestions of changes

Suggestions for changes or improvements to the strategy can be made by any organisation, community group or individual at anytime through the ‘Leave comment here’ buttons on every page of the strategy.

Suggestions are considered by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority (as the coordinator of the strategy) and may then be consulted upon and referred to the Ministers).

Periodic major review including extensive community consultation

While this process for periodically updating the strategy will enable continuous community input and regular improvement, a stage of major review including extensive community consultation will also be undertaken every 6 years.