Nairm Catchment Network around the Bay

Nairm Catchment Network is named for the Boon Wurrung word for Port Phillip Bay, which contains numerous smaller bays and catchments from which land feeds water from the mountains and plains to the coast.

The EcoCentre and our Port Phillip Baykeeper, along with Yarra Riverkeeper Associaton and Werribee Riverkeeper Association, convened workshops for waterway protectors, to develop priorities and models for a network that productively links the many catchments and their stakeholders in Port Phillip Bay health.

Nairm Catchment Network participants will consider how all stakeholders can improve practical collaboration on shared issues, and link on-ground expertise to government strategy and whole-of-catchment perspective.

After two years of consultation with community groups and attendance at the Melbourne Water Healthy Waterways Co-Design workshops, we have prepared a 24-page report with key learnings:

Nairm Catchment Report: Potential Bayside network models for our community water protectors


If you are keen to be involved in the next steps of this potential network, please contact Neil on


This project is supported by a Proactive Grant from the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.