The Victorian Government today released the state’s draft water plan 'Water for Victoria' for consultation. The draft plan outlines the need to balance agricultural, industrial, recreational and environmental needs, to get the most out of one of our most precious resources. The plan recognises that the sector needs to work closer with local communities when making critical decisions about their water supplies.
For the first time, the plan proposes to establish an Aboriginal Water Program which will help identify Aboriginal values and uses of water and help build the capacity of the sector to ensure the involvement of Traditional Owners. The government will work to ensure we respect and recognise the cultural connections Aboriginal communities have to land, water and resources through their associations and spiritual relationships with country.
The plan will now be tested with Victorian communities over the next six to eight weeks, through online and face to face consultations.