Key findings to inform the update of Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy
In this report, we look at how to make Victoria’s water supply more sustainable. We identify reform opportunities across 3 broad areas:
- better use of existing infrastructure and efficient use of all water sources
- more integrated and adaptive planning processes including coordinating water, urban development and land use
- need for community involvement in water supply decision-making.
We present key findings from previous research into Victoria’s water sector. This includes extensive stakeholder and community consultation on important issues and reform opportunities.
We also present 5 case studies to highlight how governance affects water planning and use.
This report informs the 2021 update of Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.
- We should consider the economic, health and environmental merits of any potential water source, including recycled water and stormwater.
- Planning processes need to be more integrated and adaptive. This includes making better investment decisions, adjusting planning frameworks, and coordinating water, urban development and land use.
- The community wants and needs to be more involved in deciding water supply options. We need to understand their preferences and improve water literacy.