True collaboration in strategy development: Flood Management
True collaboration in strategy development: Flood Management
Flood Management in the Port Phillip and Westernport region is undertaken within complex governance arrangements involving at least 49 different agencies. As the floodplain manager for the region, Melbourne Water led a process to develop a collaborative new flood strategy for Port Phillip and Westernport region. Melbourne Water empowered partner agencies to help build the strategy direction, in order develop an agreed direction and reflect the influence and expertise of a wide range of organisations Fourteen agencies with flood management responsibilities participated in a Project Control Board to develop a document which outlines the vision, priorities and objectives for flood management in the region.

Implementation of the strategy continues to reflect this collaborative approach. Twenty seven agencies from across the region have now endorsed the strategy and agreed to work in a collaborative manner in delivery. Initial projects, such as developing prioritisation tools and a new approach to a community education programs, have been undertaken in collaboration with various flood management organisations.

True collaboration can be very time intensive and requires significant leadership and commitment. This presentation will explore the benefits and lessons learnt from the Flood Management Strategy - Port Phillip and Westernport example.
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