Ensuring Victoria is prepared for the challenges of climate change

The Barwon region’s water supplies are under extreme strain, and that will continue unless alternative supplies are secured. The Integrated Water Management Plan (IWM) delivered in partnership with Barwon Water, will enhance sustainability values at the Geelong Future Economy Precinct on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus.

A large-scale sustainable solution to water cycle issues

The Integrated Water Management Plan (IWM) will explore alternate water sources for the Barwon region to ease the strain on existing supplies - alongside the Queenscliff Marine Science Centre and AquAFI programs - confirm Deakin as a global leader in aquaculture research and innovation, marine science, and fisheries.

The project will deliver sustainable solutions to water cycle issues, such as:

  • Water security and alternate sources
  • Stormwater management
  • Prevention of localised flooding
  • Retaining water in the landscape
  • Sewerage management and natural waterway management

Partnerships and collaboration

The Integrated Water Management Plan will deliver collaboration and learning opportunities with local Councils, Traditional Owners and other water utilities across Victoria.

The Traditional Owners of our lands and waterways, the Wadawurrung, were consulted in the development of Deakin’s IWM Plan for the Waurn Ponds Campus and have expressed their eagerness to continue this engagement throughout the implementation.

Input from the Wadawurrung will be significant in the landscape masterplan and the revegetation and management of the natural waterways across the Waurn Ponds campus.

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This project includes co-contributions from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF).

For further information on our other VHESIF funded projects please visit the links below.

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For all enquiries about the Integrated Water Management project please contact:
Deakin Research