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.

Early planning

​Early planning is important to ensuring a successful WSUD project. A planning meeting should be held with the responsible authority to discuss potential issues and constraints, and clarify any project requirements.

Key information

The planning meeting should cover the following information:

  1. catchment size and land use

  2. site characteristics

  3. drainage characteristics

  4. WSUD strategies and targets

  5. preferred WSUD asset types

  6. Clause 56 implications

  7. design considerations

  8. preliminary construction, operation or maintenance considerations

  9. ongoing maintenance responsibilities

  10. precinct structure plan for growth areas


It is important to have the right representatives at the planning meeting, including:

  • a project manager

  • drainage engineers

  • environmental or sustainability officers

  • parks and gardens officers

  • maintenance staff

For more detailed information on planning for stormwater management:

Developing a strategic approach to WSUD implementation - Clearwater


Last updated:
28 September 2017