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Waterways & Wetlands
Waterways & Wetlands

Waterways & Wetlands

The waterways and wetlands are a significant asset to Warrnambool with the Hopkins River, Merri River and its tributaries of Russell’s Creek and the Yangery Creek all falling within the boundaries of Warrnambool City.

These waterways play an important role environmentally, providing an invaluable wildlife corridor containing habitat and feeding grounds. These areas also provide many social benefits by serving as valuable recreational fisheries and other sporting activities.


When it rains water is transferred to the stormwater system where it is carried to the nearest waterway. Stormwater collects materials from roads which can contaminate the environment with pollutants such as oil from cars, leaf litter, dog droppings, cigarette butts and litter including water bottles.

Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the local waterways by improving the quality of stormwater draining from the urban areas. Council and the Federal Government have committed to improving the health of our waterways by installing a Gross Pollutant Trap to treat stormwater before it drains into Lake Pertobe.

What can I do to protect our waterways?

  • Bin all your litter.
  • Keep drains clear of rubbish.
  • Bin all cigarette butts.
  • Pick up after your dogs in parks and streets.
  • Don’t use pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers when rain is predicted.
  • Ensure you car is serviced and not leaking oil.
  • Don’t tip any liquids down the drain.
  • Visit the EPA website for more information.

What is Council doing to protect our waterways?

Council is a leader in stormwater management, through the creation of the Warrnambool Stormwater Management Plan (2002). The purpose of the plan is to protect and enhance the local waterways by improving the quality of stormwater draining from the urban areas in Warrnambool. To achieve this purpose the plan:

  • Identifies the priority issues for management of stormwater quality in Warrnambool.
  • Presents strategies for reducing the main threats to stormwater quality.
  • Presents strategies for integrating best practice environmental management of stormwater into
  • Council’s management and planning activities.

Thanks to a Federal Government grant and Council funding, Council recently installed two gross pollutant traps in the CBD stormwater catchment, drastically improving the health of the Merri River by reducing litter. Council also works with developers to ensure litter traps and sometimes wetlands are installed in new subdivisions, these stormwater systems remove litter and other pollutants such as excessive nutrients from entering creeks and rivers.

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