Western Urban Rivers Network
To connect communities working to protect and restore our rivers.
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Across the west communities are coming together and working to protect and restore their local rivers, creeks and wetlands. Our project will build on and deepen networks connecting these passionate local communities and advocate for new laws that revive our waterways and suburbs. The Western Urban Rivers Network will bring people together face-to-face and online, it will train volunteers and create shared resources. This network will structure and formalise community ‘voices’ for the rivers and creeks of the west, contributing to protection and restoration of these key local assets and embedding supports to this community advocacy.
The rivers and waterways of Melbourne’s west are well loved major natural and community assets. These places are facing considerable urban and development pressures. There are plans and strategies for their protections and restoration but without community-based organisations coming together to stand up and care for these places they will continue to be compromised. Newer communities in the west will not learn about them. Plans and strategies will be not be effective. This project will build on existing momentum from the ‘rivers of the west’ network, strengthening links between groups and building up skills and space for advocacy and community