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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

We’re planning to transfer 280 hectares of our land to the Crown for conservation purposes, and rezone and sell the remainder on the open market.

This land, located in Christmas Hills, was previously earmarked for the Watsons Creek Storage Reservoir. The reservoir was eliminated as a viable option following a 2012 review of potential future augmentations of Melbourne’s water supply system. Today, approximately 1000 hectares remains in Melbourne Water’s ownership.

Rezoning constraints

As part of the planning for rezoning the land we have to consider various factors, including:

  • environmental values
  • bushfire risk
  • cultural heritage
  • service availability
  • potential land contamination
  • landscape character
  • the provisions of the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

Further reading

Last updated:
29 September 2020