Evaluation of collaborative integrated water management planning in Melbourne’s growth regions
This report documents the evaluation findings of two recent examples of collaborative IWM planning in Melbourne’s growth corridors: the Upper Merri Creek IWM sub-catchment planning pilot project, and the Western Growth IWM master planning project. Each case was individually assessed, based on interview and survey data. Then a comparative analysis of case findings was undertaken to draw out process design principles for collaborative IWM planning. The principles were organised under four key themes:
- Scope the project to clearly define its parameters
- Design the collaborative governance structure in response to context
- Collaborate effectively by creating spaces for quality interactions
- Authorise the collaboration by building shared commitment.