Integrated Planning for a Sustainable Shepparton Community


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Greater Shepparton City Council

Funding: $200,000

About the project

The City Council will undertake a participatory planning exercise to engage stakeholders across the region in developing an integrated regional response to the challenges of climate change and reduced water availability. The strategy focuses on four key areas:

  • the regional economy;
  • local development infrastructure;
  • community infrastructure; and
  • council's capacity to meet the needs of its community

Project benefits

This planning exercise will benefit the local community through the establishment of:

  • of a stakeholder reference panel;
  • a risk assessment based on best available information on climate change impacts and scenarios;
  • an agreed vision for future community sustainability; and
  • identification of actions and plans required to attain the regional vision.

The plan will deliver clarity and consensus on the regional strategy and the roles of the different organisations in working to develop the plans and tools required to meet the challenges.

Project completion

This project was completed in May 2011 and resulted in a regional strategy that focuses on the impact of climate change and reduced water availability across the regional economy. The strategy also addresses utilities infrastructures incorporating transport and energy and water; community infrastructure incorporating libraries, town halls, parks and gardens; and Council's capacity to meet the needs of its community as the climate and water availability changes.

Further information

Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Greater Shepparton City Council directly on 03 5832 9700.

The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.