The five strategies

The Regional Estuaries Initiative will transform how catchments and estuaries are managed.

It will support immediate action and develop the strategies needed for long-term improvements in estuary health.

A coordinated effort is needed to improve water quality and protect the values that depend on healthy estuaries: thriving ecosystems, liveable communities, and economic development. The Regional Estuaries Initiative guides estuary management through collaborative partnerships with state and local government, catchment groups, industry, farmers, research groups and the community.

It supports training and employment opportunities for regional communities, connecting local practices to improve estuary condition. Together, we are building a better understanding of current estuary health, sharing this information with all estuary users to guide future estuary management and planning.

Regional capacity ($2.9M)

Supports regional groups and partnerships to implement on-ground actions, such as drainage improvements and training to benefit estuaries. Local communities will be informed, engaged and equipped for long-term regional catchment management.


Sustainable agriculture ($4.8M)

Reduces nutrient run-off from agricultural activities. Soil testing will help farmers establish effective fertiliser application to save money, improve soils and reduce nutrient run-off. Industry partnerships will encourage best practice dairy effluent management.


Water in the landscape ($7.3M)

Improves the way water moves through the catchment to improve water quality. Streams will be revegetated and fenced to deter stock. Drainage upgrades, water sensitive urban design and prioritised infill sewerage will reduce nutrients entering estuaries.


Innovative remediation ($1M)

Develops and trials new technologies to reduce nutrients entering waterways from agricultural, industrial and domestic land uses and to improve soil condition for plant growth.


Science for management ($4M)

Expands monitoring and public reporting of estuary health and develops world-class catchment and estuary models to inform decisions and guide estuary management.