We are working together with the North Central CMA and Traditional Owners the Dja Dja Wurrung, to implement a 20 year plan, ‘A Healthy Coliban Catchment’ project, to protect the upper section of the Coliban River and its long-term water supply, while boosting habitat connectivity, sustainable land use practices, and building cultural and lifestyle value across the region.  

It is one of the most robust and integrated approaches to catchment management undertaken to date in Victoria. With a clear vision and action plan, the North Central CMA and Coliban Water are working with local councils, community groups landholders and communities on a range of voluntary on-ground projects and actions.

The project is also developing a potential planning scheme overlay to protect future supplies of drinking water and the environmental and cultural values that make the area so sought-after.

The Upper Coliban catchment provides raw water for drinking water purposes for more than 130,000 people. It also has a range of additional environmental, social and economic values. The region is culturally rich with a number of significant sites along waterways where Traditional Owners have sourced native plants, medicines and food for thousands of years.

Project statistics so far

Riparian illustration

This image demonstrates the ecosystem along the Coliban river, including the erosion and damage done by grazing on the left, and the revegetated and naturally regenerating riparian zone on the right.