A draft Integrated Water Management Plan 2019-2039, called ‘Water for Bayside’, has been developed to provide a clear direction to deliver high priority Integrated Water Management (IWM) and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) activities.

The Plan has four goals:

Goal 1: Investigate and identify how water can best be managed and used to enhance Bayside’s liveability.

Goal 2: Improve the health of Port Phillip Bay and waterways through a reduction in stormwater volumes and pollutant loads.

Goal 3: Preserve potable water supplies.

Goal 4: Increase the use of stormwater in Council’s reserves.

‘Water for Bayside’ outlines a 20 year action plan including flood storage, stormwater harvesting and stormwater treatment projects, recognising that Council can influence water use in the Bayside municipality, however we are part of a broader catchment area.

Bayside City Council is a partner to the Integrated Water Management Forum for the Dandenong Catchment. Council’s participation in the Integrated Water Management Forum provides an opportunity to achieve the objectives set in Water for Bayside, in collaboration with other regional Forum partners for the whole catchment. The Integrated Water Management Forum is developing a Catchment Scale Integrated Water Management Plan, which will support Water for Bayside by providing the scientific basis to measure water improvements in the catchment. This Plan will also align with the broader objectives of implementing Water for Bayside.

Council also partners its neighbouring Councils in the Elster Creek catchment to jointly deliver the Elster Creek Action Plan. Actions in this plan are outside the scope of 'Water for Bayside' as they are approved and delivered in partnership.

Water projects in Elsternwick Park are also not included in the scope of this plan, as they are included in Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve Project and Master Plan.

Timeframes used in the Action Plan have been categorised as follows:

  • Short 2019/20 - 2020/21
  • Medium 2021/22 - 2022/23
  • Long 2023/24 - 2038/39

Costs used in the action plan have been categorised as follows:

  • Low <$50,000
  • Medium $50,000-$500,000
  • High >$500,000