The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Leadership (Port Phillip Bay)

Leadership for marine water quality in Port Phillip Bay

The success of this strategy will be evidence of effective leadership.

Leaders will drive the achievement of its targets with the regional community.  They will bring relevant organisations together and foster collaboration to achieve optimum results with available resources.

A specific target is proposed for marine water quality in Port Phillip Bay (Targets).  Leaders for the achievement of the targets and agreed statements of commitment are listed below.  Targets and leadership arrangements are determined in consultation with relevant departments, agencies and delegated land managers.

Leadership for marine water quality in Port Phillip Bay

Target Lead role Statement of commitment
At least 90% attainment of SEPP objectives for Port Phillip Bay each year to 2030. Environment Protection Authority The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) considers these targets important to help achieve the environmental quality objectives set out in the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) and relevant schedules F6 (Port Phillip Bay) and F8 (Westernport and catchment).  EPA recognises the importance of collaboration and coordination in achieving these targets, and will support PPWPCMA in a lead role as environmental regulator and influential Authority.

EPA will inform community, business and Government on the environment protection laws and regulations, support business and industry to comply with these, and monitor and enforce compliance with the law where necessary. Under the Victorian Government’s A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay EPA will lead public reporting of water quality monitoring in Port Phillip Bay and it’s catchments, which may assist partners in their reporting.

Stephen Lansdell, Team Leader Water, August 2013

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) considers this an important target. Through the Victorian government’s, “A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay – A Plan of Action”, strengthening government’s response and environmental management arrangements for the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay is a key priority.

DELWP recognises collaboration and coordination are important for attaining this target.  DELWP will play a lead role by coordinating action to improve water quality and ensure timely responses to water quality changes, as set out in A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay – A Plan of Action and will support on-ground works and activities to prevent pollution and litter from entering waterways and support community action.  DELWP will also contribute data to help monitor progress towards a cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.

Stuart McConnell
Director Ecological Policy, Land, Fire and Environment, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, April 2014