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.

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Update on birdwatching access at the Western Treatment Plant

To ensure the ongoing safety of our staff at key locations, and the provision of essential services, Melbourne Water sites will remain closed after 29 October 2021 to all except those performing critical operational roles.

Unfortunately, this means we are unable to open access to birdwatchers at the Western Treatment Plant at this time.

We are working through the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer as it is released, as Victoria continues to progress through its roadmap and we will begin to see more easing of restrictions.

It is forecast that additional relaxation of restrictions may occur from 24 November 2021 as vaccination thresholds are reached. We are monitoring these and the associated State Government directions to inform our plan to reopen for public visitations to our sites, including to our birdwatching areas.

Your patience is appreciated and we can’t wait to welcome birdwatchers back to the Western Treatment Plant in the near future! We know you’ve missed the place as much as we have missed you all!

We will continue to provide updates on changes to birdwatching access as decisions are made – please visit the Melbourne Water website.