The Port Phillip and Western Port region includes all or part of 38 local government areas. 23 of these local government areas are predominantly urban and 15 are rural or urban-rural fringe.

Each council already provides a wide variety of catchment management services to its local communities.

These include local land-use planning, determination of permits for vegetation clearance, stormwater management planning and works, management of some publicly owned land such as bushland reserves, wetlands, coastlines, creeks and associated riparian areas, waste management services, local law establishment and enforcement, rate rebate schemes and other incentives for good land management, community education, community grants and support for volunteer groups.

Because councils have well-established connections with their communities, they are positioned well for raising awareness, providing advice and coordinating the activities of their local communities, and for investigating and mapping local issues and planning responses.

Sometimes councils collaborate to address catchment management issues beyond their individual boundaries. There are also many examples of contributions to cross-municipal organisations or programs that can provide a greater environmental benefit to the region.

The Port Phillip and Westernport CMA partners with many councils across the region on a variety of projects, all with the shared goal of delivering effective integrated catchment management and improving the region’s natural environment.