Govt says report reveals good connection to waterways

THE state government says Victorians feel a strong connection to their local waterways and most have a good grasp of river health issues, according to a new report.
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Water Minister Peter Walsh this week released My Victorian Waterway, which analyses how Victorians interact with their local waterways including rivers, lakes and estuaries.

The report is based on the results of a survey completed by more than 7,000 Victorians who answered questions about how they use and care for their local waterways as well as their knowledge of river health issues and aspirations for the future of our waterways.

“Water is the backbone of so many Victorian communities, so it is not surprising the survey highlights the strong connection many Victorians feel towards their waterway,” Mr Walsh said.

“For many communities, the local river or creek reflects the soul of the town and its health is vital for maintaining community wellbeing.

“Rivers are entwined in community life in both the rural and urban landscape, sustaining our families, towns, businesses and our natural environment.”

The survey showed 98 per cent of respondents agree it is important to keep our waterways as healthy as possible and 97 per cent regard river health as a critical issue for Victoria.

“Prior to this survey not much work had been done to understand the social importance of our rivers and wetlands,” Mr Walsh said.

“With more than 85,000 kilometers of rivers and around 13,000 natural wetlands, Victorians have a vast network of waterways to explore and this survey has shown just how valued these natural assets are by our communities.

“The Victorian Coalition Government’s Living Victoria policy aims to restore urbanised waterways to their natural state to improve environmental and social outcomes,” Mr Walsh said.

Mr Walsh said the data collected for My Victorian Waterway was being used to shape waterway health policy and to improve engagement with waterway communities.

The My Victorian Waterway report can be viewed online at 梧桐夜网water.vic.gov419论坛

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