The Port Phillip and Western Port region is home to over 4.5 million people and boasts some of Victoria’s most productive farming lands, spectacular parks, picturesque landscapes and diverse natural ecosystems. The activities and lifestyles of the region’s urban and rural residents and its thriving tourism industry are underpinned by the diversity and health of its natural resources.
The Yarra basin lies in a drought-prone region of the southern state of Victoria. The state capital Melbourne is positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River, from which it obtains 70% of its water needs.
The Yarra River is Melbourne's most important natural asset, and all Melburnians are dependent on it. It provides 70% of our piped water and its valley is world renowned for its vineyards and natural beauty. It is the centrepiece of many city cultural events and plays host to sports, recreational and nature-based activities.