The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
About the Strategy

The Port Phillip and Western Port Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) aims to strengthen the health and resilience of our region’s natural environment.

To do this, the strategy:

  • Defines environmental assets that underpin healthy and resilient ecosystems
  • Assesses their current condition
  • Describes measurable targets for their future condition, bearing in mind the potential for future climate change
  • Shows which organisations are leading the pursuit of each target
  • Provides maps and information to help Government organisations, Councils and communities work together to plan and undertake action to achieve the targets, monitor and measure success, learn and adapt.

The strategy was developed with Victorian Government organisations, councils and many other organisations, community groups and individuals.

The main purposes of the RCS are:

  • To protect the environmental assets that are the cornerstones of  healthy and resilient ecosystems in the Port Phillip & Western Port region – native vegetation, native animals, waterways and wetlands, the hinterland, coasts, Port Phillip Bay and Western Port
  • To gain agreement between Victorian Government organisations and Councils on targets for the condition of the environmental assets
  • To identify and acknowledge organisations that provide leadership to attain the targets
  • To ensure the targets are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound (SMART) as the basis for monitoring, reporting and continual improvement
  • To foster collaboration and coordination between Victorian Government organisations, Councils and many other organisations, groups and communities involved in environmental management
  • To optimise the use of resources available for environmental works
  • To connect local decision-making and action with region-scale planning.

The purposes and required content of Regional Catchment Strategies are formally set out in the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (section 24) and the Regional Catchment Strategy Guidelines.