Skip to main content
Environment and sustainability

Stormwater and waterways

We work to protect local waterways from the effects of changes to the catchment landscape and stormwater pollution.

The management and conservation of waterways is important for all water users and for the biodiversity value of the region.

The Mitchell Shire is located within 3 main water catchments:

  • Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment
  • North Central Catchment

Council is responsible for the management of the local urban stormwater drainage systems which carry stormwater to local creeks and waterways.

We aim to improve the quality of stormwater run-off with a range of strategies including waste collection and litter reduction, roadside litter collection, street sweeping, waterway rehabilitation works and reducing sediment runoff.

We oversee the planning and development of new residential areas and seek to improve the quality of stormwater through the use of litter traps, constructed wetlands and retarding basins which help to reduce the volume of stormwater entering waterways during heavy rainfall events.

Local waterways

Local major waterways include the Goulburn River, Merri Creek, Deep Creek, Mollison Creek, Sunday and Dry Creeks and their tributaries. Those waterways have drainage functions and are habitat for flora and wildlife.

Managing water in Mitchell

Managing stormwater is a collaboration between Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, rural water authorities and catchment management authorities.

Three rural water authorities manage bores and irrigations:

Three catchment management authorities manage our waterway health and issue works on waterway permits:

Work on or near a creek, river or stream

Please note you may require a planning permit and/or a permit for ‘works on a waterway' to undertake any earthworks in or near a creek, river or stream on your property.

Please contact Council's Planning Department on 03 5734 6200 prior to undertaking any works.

Contact us

To find out more information on waterways, contact our Environment Department or for information on Council's drainage systems, contact our Engineering Department. Phone 03 5734 6200 or email

Related pages

This page was last updated on 4 June 2019.