We are asking people to imagine communities where water encourages more liveable, sustainable and resilient communities.

Working closely with the community is a commitment of the project partners to ensure the future design of the Upper Merri Creek sub-catchment achieves best-for-community integrated water management services. Engaging with the community enables us to consider local community preferences and capacities and also provide opportunities for the community to contribute to the development of options for the integrated water management plan.

Throughout the project there will be a number of opportunities for the community to join the conversation.

Phase one: Developing a long-term vision for the Upper Merri Creek sub-catchment (August and September)

Through phase one we will be exploring the community's values and preferences for the Upper Merri Creek Integrated Water Management Plan and collaboratively develop a long-term vision for the catchment. To do this we are establishing a community panel. The community panel will be made up of everyday people who may live, work or play in the catchment. The community panel will also include people who have a general interest in designing water-sensitive neighourhoods, or may see themselves living in a future water-sensitive community.

The community panel will be made up of approximately 40 people. For those that are not able to participate in this event we will be sharing the panel's journey through this project page. The best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to our mailing list.

Phase two: Working together to deliver on the community vision (October and November)

Through phase two of the engagement the community will be invited to provide input into the scenarios and options being explored to deliver on the long-term community vision. We will be hosting a range of conversations across October and November both online and face-to-face. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to be kept up to date on the opportunities.

How will your inputs be used and shared?

All the feedback from the community engagement activities will be used to guide the development and refinement of the Upper Merri Creek Integrated Water Management Plan. Following the completion of the community engagement activities, a summary of the engagement findings will be made available to the public via this website. We will also be sharing highlights from the engagement throughout the process.