Waterway Protection  Program

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Incentives – Now Closed

Incentives for the Waterway Protection Program are NOW CLOSED for Upper Barwon, Gellibrand and Otway/Surf Coast project areas. Applications will be via expression of interest and are open from 5th November to 5th December.  

Incentives for the Moorabool, Leigh and Western District Lakes areas will open from February 2022. Please also note that another opportunity for the Upper Barwon will become available in 2022, with details on this to come. 

Funding is available for waterway protection and restoration works with incentives available for fencing, weed control, revegetation, stock crossings and off-stream water points, willow removal and pest animal management. 

Funding is targeted towards waterways within specific geographic areas under the Corangamite Waterway Strategy. This round is seeking to protect rivers that have nationally listed threatened fish species or possible refuge habitat, and/or are sources of drinking water or environmental flows. 

We encourage landholders, land managers and community groups to apply for funding. Please check eligibility requirements before submitting. To read more about what may be involved in a waterway project please see our past projects page.  

Between 2016 and 2020, Corangamite CMA and our partners completed over 170 kilometres of river frontage restoration, including: 

  • 84 waterway projects 
  • 95 kilometers of fencing and associated off-stream water infrastructure  
  • 708 hectares of revegetation 
  • 860 hectares under management 
  • 1482 hectares of weed control 
  • 17 kilometers of willow removal works 

Project Eligibility

To be eligible under this round of funding the project site will need to meet land ownership eligibility requirements and be on an eligible waterway.

Any projects which are NOT currently within the defined geographic areas are still encouraged to submit an expression of interest. While it is unlikely they’ll receive funding from this round, it helps with future planning and funding consideration. 

NOW CLOSED Upper Barwon, Gellibrand, Curdies, Otway/Surf Coast. 

OPEN IN EARLY 2022 Moorabool, Leigh, Woady and the Western District Lakes. 

Eligible activities include fencing, stock crossings and off-stream water points, weed control, revegetation, willow removal and pest animal management.

View eligible rivers map here

View eligibility criteria here

View project background here

View standards and incentive rates here

View standards for riparian flood fencing here

Express Interest

Expressions of interest are sought from all landholders, land managers and community groups. EOIs from outside the defined waterways will be evaluated and registered for potential future works.

Gellibrand, Upper Barwon and Otway/Surf Coast are now CLOSED for EOI applications.  Moorabool, Leigh and Western District Lakes will open in Feb 2022. 

Prior to submitting an EOI please read over the eligibility requirements, application steps and fact sheets to see if the incentive is right for you. Projects are funded through an environmental cost benefit score, and subject to funding availability. 

For further information speak to one of our Land & Catchment Health Officers, on 1800 002 262. 

  • Angus Donaldson for the Upper Barwon, Moorabool, Leigh, Western District Lakes areas. 
  • Gene Gardiner for the Heytesbury, Curdies, Gellibrand, Cape Otway areas. 
  • Kelly Snell for the Otway Coast from Apollo Bay to Torquay, Surf Coast and Bellarine areas. 

Projects that express interest after the closing date will only be considered for future funding. Please fill in the form by clicking here.

Application Process

  1. All applicants must first submit an expression of interest form (EOI). You are encouraged to submit an EOI for any project site, whether it is within the geographic area or not.  If you wish to partner with your local Landcare Network on the project, please indicate this on the form, or contact them to submit the EOI on your behalf.
  2. Once you submit an EOI:
    • If you are on an eligible river, a staff member will call you to ask some questions about the project site, tell you about the process and funding conditions and check you are keen to proceed.
    • If the site is not an eligible river, we will confirm receipt of your EOI and take your details to keep these on record for future funding opportunities.
  3. We will organise a site visit to discuss the scope of the project and the potential activities, collect environmental data, write a management plan and cost the potential project. 
  4. You will receive a draft management plan to review the proposed works and costing bid sheet that contains the maximum amount of incentive funding per activity you can receive. If you wish to proceed with the project, you fill out the bid form showing how much of the maximum funding you wish to claim. 
  5. Once applications close, we will rank all projects based on cost/benefit for site preference, potential river health outcomes and cost. Funding, subject to availability, is offered to the highest ranked projects.  
  6. Successful projects will be offered a contract and the funds to complete the activities listed in the management plan. 
  7. Contracts will be signed. 
  8. Works will commence.

Please note, unsuccessful sites may be eligible for future funding. Site and landholder information will be kept on a register. 


Past Work Case Studies

    Please click the images below to find out more about past works in our region.