Integrated Water Management Plan | Dhumbali W’urneet Gadhaba

As part of Our Climate Emergency Response Strategy 2021–2025 | Dhumbali Wurrungi-biik Parbin-ata, we committed to developing a new Integrated Water Management Plan for Glen Eira.

The Plan is an important part of our climate emergency response as climate impacts are changing our relationship with water — storms and flooding are becoming more severe and frequent, and drought will affect water availability in the future.

The Plan or Dhumbali W’urneet Gadhaba, a commitment to working together with waterways, outlines a strategic approach for understanding and managing the cultural, environmental, social and economic importance of water in Glen Eira.

The three pillars of Kummargii Yulendji / Rising Knowledge Project provide a framework for understanding the six objectives of the plan, from the perspective of Dhumbali W’urneet Gadhaba / a commitment to working with water. Under the six objectives in the plan, each has a series of initiatives and actions for us to transform the way we approach water management, as well as actions to support the community to do the same.

The three pillars, along with the six objectives, provide a cross-cultural framework for integrated water management.

Deep listening
Weaving knowledge and skills
Collaborative planning and action
Exploring how Indigenous and nonIndigenous knowledge systems can be woven together to inform and support integrated water planning. Building community capacity for working with water, including developing training and career pathways for local First Peoples to find their place in managing water Country. Applying Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge to integrated water management systems and projects.
Objective 1
Deepen Council and community understanding of water by bringing together First Nations and Western knowledge.
Objective 2
Engage, support and empower communities through a shared place-based commitment to work with our w’urneet / waterways
Objective 5
Identify strategic integrated water management opportunities in the municipality where ancient knowledge and new technology can be brought together
  Objective 3
Strengthen cross-organisational collaboration on community wellbeing, cultural regeneration, climate adaptation, urban greening and water management
Objective 6
Demonstrate best-practice integrated water management through regenerative on ground projects
  Objective 4
Support planning and implementation of integrated water management actions through urban development

We would like to know how Council can work with you to better plan for and use water responsibly in a changed and changing climate. Feel free to review the Integrated Water Management Plan Summary before providing your feedback.

How can you provide feedback or share a water story?

Online Survey on integrated water management actions

Share your water story

  • Online: through the Water Story survey
  • In writing: Attention, Community Engagement, PO Box 42, Caulfield South 3162

The community engagement survey and story are open until 1 June 2022.

Additional opportunities to contribute feedback, such as pop-ups and an online webinar, will be advertised when information is available.