Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Consultation

Throughout Victoria there are hundreds of waterways, including inland waters (rivers and lakes), enclosed waters (bays and inlets) and the coast.

Our waterways provide locations for enjoying recreational activities and leisure pursuits, are places to spend time together and provide opportunities to enjoy access to open spaces and natural environments.

Waterways are used for a broad range of recreational activities including motor boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, swimming, sporting events, water skiing, walking, cycling, camping, picnics and barbecues, social gatherings, leisure and relaxing, enjoying nature and scenery and many others.

Growing recreational use of waterways

Recent years have seen an increase in the recreational use of Victorian waterways. This growth is highlighting a need to focus attention on ensuring safe and positive experiences for users and providing convenient access and fit for purpose facilities and services.

Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways discussion paper

The Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways discussion paper was prepared to help understand current safety and access opportunities and challenges facing the recreational use of Victorian waterways. Strategic directions and a range of potential solutions were outlined in the paper to generate discussion and feedback from interested stakeholders.

The Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways consultation closed on 14 December 2016.  A total of 137 responses were received from various stakeholders. A public feedback report provides an overview of the feedback received.

Feedback received in response to the discussion paper will inform the development of a Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Strategy.

For more information email safeaccessible.waterways@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Page last reviewed on 19 July 2017

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