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In response to historical flooding, the Elster Creek Catchment Flood Management Plan 2019-2024 has been developed. It outlines a five-year program of works to reduce flood risks across the catchment.

What’s happening?

The Elster Creek catchment is located in the inner south-east area of Melbourne and is about 40 square kilometres in size. The catchment drains to Port Phillip Bay at Elwood, within the City of Port Phillip, and collects run-off from most of the City of Glen Eira, and parts of the City of Bayside and City of Kingston.

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Since 2017, Melbourne Water and the aforementioned Councils have been working together to support a whole-of-catchment approach to managing flooding in the Elster Creek Catchment. The partners are committed to cooperating across municipal boundaries and working with water utility companies, the Victorian Government and the community to respond to the risk of flooding in the catchment.

The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that laid out a commitment of cooperation between municipalities affected by the flooding in the Elster Creek catchment area and Melbourne Water to work together to manage flooding in the entire catchment area regardless of municipal boundaries.

Why is this project important?

The catchment has a known history of widespread flooding and given the highly developed nature, flooding is expected to continue to be a part of the character of the catchment into the future. It is also expected that climate change will add to the challenges of flood management with more severe and more frequent storm events adding greater risk of flooding throughout the catchment.

Project achievements

Over the past two years Melbourne Water and the Councils have worked collaboratively with the community to: 

  • Improve our understanding of flooding in the catchment and opportunities to address flood mitigation
  • Identify opportunities to develop a consistent approach to land use planning across the catchment that provides long term benefits from minimising runoff 
  • Identify and implement on-ground solutions that minimise flood and its impact on the community
  • Undertake community engagement in relation to flood management that ensures the community is informed and well-prepared.


The Elster Creek Catchment Flood Management Plan 2019-2024 (FMP) was endorsed in October 2019 and outlines a five-year program of work that builds on the achievements outlined above to reduce flood risks across the catchment.

It was developed in close consultation with the community and Councils with a focus on three key areas that ensure a holistic approach to flood planning in the catchment. It recognises that flood risk reduction requires a range of levels of intervention to be successful.

The plan outlines actions that contribute to:

  • The implementation of on-ground solutions that minimise flooding and its impact on the community
  • Influencing development across the catchment that seeks to minimise run-off and reduce flood risk
  • Ensuring the community is informed, actively engaged and understands the challenges of managing flooding in the catchment and what is being done about it.

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Last updated:
21 August 2020