Melbourne Water has created more than 100 new jobs in an exciting initiative aimed at protecting and beautifying the city’s waterways.
The new roles stem from the State Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria initiative with the majority of jobs to focus on Melbourne Water’s essential work caring for the city’s waterways and land.
Named the Waterway Blitz program, the positions will be fixed-term contracts for six months.
Melbourne Water’s Manager Waterways and Land Rob Considine said new staff would work on dedicated projects along Melbourne’s major rivers – the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Werribee – as well as throughout the Dandenong/Bayside region.
“We’re thrilled about this jobs opportunity. It will help us build on the vital work we do every day caring for Greater Melbourne’s waterways and land. This will create a lasting legacy for Melbourne’s rivers and creeks,” Mr Considine said.
The Waterway Blitz will see Melbourne Water collaborate with other authorities and local councils along Greater Melbourne’s many urban waterways.
“Melbourne Water has a strong reputation engaging with community groups, such as the Yarra Riverkeeper Association through the popular river litter blitzes which saw almost 40 tonnes of rubbish cleaned out of the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers.
“Melburnians love using their waterways for exercise, picnics and relaxation.
"In this current environment it’s never been more important for people to get out and about in their communities to enjoy these activities while obeying the current physical distancing guidelines as directed by the Chief Health Officer.
“We are delighted to be able to expand our services and provide opportunities to improve the health of our environment and the well-being of the community,” Mr Considine said.
As part of the Waterway Blitz program, Melbourne Water will shortly be seeking ideas from local community groups about ways to improve and enhance local rivers, creeks, wetlands, lakes and streams.
This project aligns with our Healthy Waterways Strategy, a shared strategy across Melbourne Water, state and local government, water corporations and the community.
Measures are in place to protect our employees working in the field.
Our field work continues to be delivered where it is safe for our team and the community to do so. Melbourne Water is following up-to-date State health advice including specific hygiene and social distancing protocols.
Interested in becoming involved? Browse the jobs posted on the Working for Victoria website.