Wetlands and waterways

We work to protect the health, environmental values, and water quality in a wide range of waterways, wetlands and stormwater flows in our municipality.

Our lakes, creeks, rivers and wetlands support rich and diverse populations of native plants and animals and are amongst our regions most important reservoirs of biodiversity.

The City is rich in wetlands, with over 100 individual wetlands. Our municipality is crossed by two major rivers, the Barwon and Moorabool which meet and flow into Bass Straight. There are also a large number of fresh and saltwater wetlands, natural and modified lakes, as well a number of small natural water courses such as Hovell’s, Cowies, Waurn Ponds, Yarram, Armstrong, Sutherlands and Thompson Creeks.

The wetlands within our municipality make up one of the most important waterbird areas in Australia. Our wetlands have the highest concentration of migratory shorebirds in Victoria and a stunning array of other birdlife, the diversity of which rivals Australia's famous Kakadu region. The most significant and sensitive are recognised as being of international importance and are listed under the Ramsar Convention.

Our wetlands provide habitat for a diversity of and number of plants and animals, many of which are rare or threatened. In particular the City’s wetlands are one of the most important waterbird areas in Australia, with the highest concentration of migratory shorebirds in Victoria.

Wetlands perform many other important functions in the environment. They are highly productive ecosystems and can improve water quality by trapping sediment and utilising and storing nutrients. However, wetlands throughout Australia continue to face major threats from pressure such as urban development, competition for water, weed invasion and pollution through stormwater runoff.

Working to protect and enhance our wetlands is vital to secure these important natural places.

Waterway management is shared in our region

Waterway management is shared between a number of different agencies in the Geelong region.

The City of Greater Geelong manages the environmental values of many rivers, lakes, and wetlands in our municipality.

However, other authorities such as the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) and Parks Victoria also manage some waterways in our municipality.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 15 October 2019