Earlier this year, the Victorian Government made the decision that the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will be integrated into Melbourne Water, effective from 1 January 2022.
The integration is an exciting next step for natural resource management in Victoria - that builds on the strong, collaborative working arrangements in place between PPWCMA and Melbourne Water.
The catchment management and waterway management roles for the Port Phillip and Western Port region will be together under one organisation, bringing the region in line with the rest of Victoria.
PPWCMA’s responsibilities and community projects will be moved into Melbourne Water, as will all PPWCMA staff.
The relationships that the PPWCMA has built with partner organisations, Traditional Owners and community groups will be preserved, and the expertise, connections and projects that the people of the PPWCMA are known for will become an integral part of Melbourne Water.
While the integration planning and transition is occurring throughout 2021, it will be business as usual at both organisations.
Melbourne Water and PPWCMA are working with the Victorian Government to prepare for the integration by 1 January 2022. Melbourne Water and PPWCMA are committed to an integration that respects the staff, stakeholders and customers, and ensures the continuation of PPWCMA’s priorities and projects.
The integration is occurring in three stages: planning (February-September 2021), transition (October-December 2021) and implementation (January 2022 onwards).
All current PPWCMA projects are moving into Melbourne Water and will continue to be delivered.
- Why is the integration happening?
The Victorian Government explored future needs and opportunities for the delivery of catchment management in the Port Phillip and Western Port region and determined that the integration of Melbourne Water and Port Phillip & Westernport CMA would enhance service delivery and increase access and capacity.
- How are the two organisations related?
Melbourne Water and PPWCMA are both committed to preserving and enhancing the region’s iconic waterways and unique biodiversity.
PPWCMA supports organisations, Traditional Owners and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region to enhance the health and resilience of its land, water and biodiversity through collaboration, community education and awareness and project delivery.
Melbourne Water manages and protects the region’s major water resources, including water storage reservoirs, drinking water, and waterways. Melbourne Water celebrated 130 years of operation in 2021.
The PPWCMA is one of 10 regional Catchment Management Authorities in the State of Victoria. Unlike all other CMAs across Victoria, PPWCMA does not perform waterways management functions for its region. Instead, for the Port Phillip and Western Port region, these functions are performed by Melbourne Water.
As Victorian Government statutory authorities with obligations outlined in the Catchment and Land Protection Act, Melbourne Water and PPWCMA already share strong alignment in their roles and responsibilities.
- What are the benefits of the integration?
The catchment management and waterway management roles for the Port Phillip and Western Port region will now be together under one organisation, bringing the region in line with the rest of Victoria.
The integration will create a single, integrated entity with a shared vision for catchment and waterways management for the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
It will also address the challenges faced by PPWCMA as a small organisation and increase the overall capability and capacity to support organisations and communities in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.
The change will better position Victoria to respond to the long-term challenges of catchment and waterway management in the region.
- What will happen to PPWCMA’s staff?
PPWCMA’s staff will be moved to Melbourne Water.
- What will happen to PPWCMA’s projects?
PPWCMA’s responsibilities and community projects will be moved into Melbourne Water.
- We have a strong working relationship with PPWCMA, will that continue after the integration?
Melbourne Water values the relationships PPWCMA has built with its partner organisations and community groups, and these will be preserved and become an integral part of Melbourne Water.
The integration will also streamline community consultation and engagement opportunities, saving the community member’s time by allowing them to speak to and hear from a single organisation.
Both Melbourne Water and PPWCMA will ensure these critical connections are maintained through the integration process, providing groups with ample opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.
- Has Melbourne Water already taken over some of PPWCMA’s work?
No. While the integration is occurring through the rest of 2021, we aim to continue business as usual at both organisations.
- Who do I speak to if I have specific questions, or I need to arrange a meeting?
We understand that you may have questions regarding the future of specific programs, funding and staff roles. If you have a specific question, please contact your project coordinator at Melbourne Water or PPWCMA