Header: Living Water Workbees, Wadawurrung Walk along the Werribee

Living Water Workbees

The Living Water Workbees program ended in 2020.

Three ways to get involved

  • Everyone can volunteer to protect waterways
  • Homes, schools/ELCs or businesses can register to earn rebates
  • Community groups can partner with us to host workbees

From ‘burbs to the Bay, millions of pieces of litter and pollutants from stormwater goes down the drain, into the creeks and out to Port Phillip Bay. Help us improve water quality, create habitat for wildlife and alleviate flood and drought impacts from climate change.

A diverse calendar of Living Water Workbees will translate volunteer hours into a $25/hour rebate credit for installation of rainwater tanks and raingardens*. Volunteers can earn credits for themselves or donate to the local community. Check out the calendar below to join a community workbee! 

* Rainwater tanks must be designed for multi-use and quotes approved prior to installation, and located within the Elster Creek or Werribee River catchments.

We aim to:

  • mobilising volunteers to Living Water Workbees to care for Port Phillip Bay and its catchments from stormwater run-off imoacts
  • providing people power for on-ground community projects that protect biodiversity, remove litter, and improve water quality
  • translating volunteer hours into Living Water Rebates for rainwater tanks and raingardens
  • installing/activating infrastructure at up to 20 sites to divert, filter and recycle rainwater and stormwater across public-private boundaries
  • improving public understanding of two catchment areas and their flow-on effects to the Bay
  • engaging Traditional Owners to present cultural knowledge about water connections and stewardship

This project builds genuine partnerships for biodiversity protection, water quality improvements, burbs-to-Bay connection, and infrastructure for property 'behind gates' to play a perpetual role in protecting our public Bay. PJT Green Plumbing confirms that up to 50% of Melbourne schools have tanks that are not used for irrigation or plumbed to toilets; this project will activate such tanks (and install new ones) to protect our waters in
both drought and floods.

Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC) and Werribee Riverkeeper Association (WRivA) designed this project to extend a proven model for integrated catchment management, based on the strengths of our independently-evaluated 'Well Waters Workbees: Elster Creek Pilot' that made award-winning impacts over 15 months (2015-2016).

This project was funded by the Victorian Government from 2017-2020 through the Port Phillip Bay Fund.

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.