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Presentation to Maribyrnong Catchment Collaboration


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In response to a request from Melbourne Water and incorporating some content supplied by them, this was to convey the outcomes of a lead up region-wide collaboration while expanding it out across the scale range of waterways by identifying current issues and achievements across the Maribyrnong catchment with some emphasis on the Stony Creek and Moonee Ponds Creek sub-catchments recently grafted on.
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Presentation to Maribyrnong Catchment Collaboration

  1. 1. May 2018 Collaborative implementation lab Healthy Waterways Strategy: Top to Bottom
  2. 2. Hydrology Climate Intensification Sea Level Rise Ecology Industrial Extraction Chemical Assault Heritage Local Indigenous Caring for Country Transport Drainage Treatment Biolinks Remnants Systems View Grandfather’s backyard plumbing business President Master Plumbers Association Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Introduced to iconic infrastructure places 53 years IBM-trained Systems Analyst 32 years Complex Systems Research 57 years Community Leadership Roles 46 years dealing with Local Government BSc (Melb.) Mathematics & Computing MSc (Melb.) Science Technology & Society Trade Press & Government Policy Reporting Publishing Technology Business Overseas Travel 70 years around Moonee Ponds Creek 62 years around Maribyrnong River 58 years Cumberland River Otway Coast Western Region Group of Historical Societies
  3. 3. Iterative Reentrant Process part of Cynefin Framework introduced by Twyfords
  4. 4. • Respect for process • The process is political • Build on previous work • Collaboration is limited by levels of power • Agree on achievable goals • People need to know what they are responsible for... • …and be adequately resourced • We need to look forward • We need to find a way to plan investment together in meaningful collaboration • Have the authority for decisions • Is opt-in the way to go, or, should it be mandated? • We need a new language • Communicate the problem and the way we could move • We need a mechanism to transfer knowledge from now into the future • People need to know who is responsible
 - multiscale connectivity
 - internal external • Experiment with how the process moves forward • Generosity of spirit • Avoid too much formality • Use technology to enhance connectivity • Use various ways of collaboration • Use story and narrative • Use networks in ongoing collaborative forums • Rough model
 - A shared purpose
 - Bring in all players 
 - Find easy initial steps to begin
 - Convene around commitments
 - Open it up to those with knowledge
  5. 5. • Preceding slide was answers to our second question: What would be required for collaborative implementation to be successful? • We had started out with a round of (re)introducing ourselves. • Requested nominations of other successful collaborations were noted, primarily via MCMC’s Luisa Macmillan and me. • Only spotted nomination of “multiscale” after using that for this. • Early in our Maribyrnong series Helen and I demanded it be Waterway priorities, not Priority waterways. • So while this presentation reports on the umbrella Collaborative Implementation Lab, it needs to invoke real impacts of the very existence of the Refresh collaborations. • These push down to the “sub catchments”, especially two which were grafted on late: Moonee Ponds Creek and Stony Creek. • Starting with access to west side of MPC around Arden-Macaulay.
  6. 6. Melbourne Water sent Bruce Rush, Zoe Samson and their counsel Emma Peppler to site inspection of land subject to C188 part 2 rezoning proposal and Planning Panel.
  7. 7. • The bigger challenge was to work out what arrangements we need to successfully implement the strategy together? • This was divided into three sub-tasks: • An on-going platform of collaboration which I will get back to; • Governing the implementation of the strategy as per next slide; and • Tracking the effectiveness of the strategy, about which we propose: • Identify the data and evidence that is needed to assess progress • Be clear on how the reports made are used, what stories are needed and what language they should be expressed in • Use standard methods so that data can be aggregated and used for different scales • Minimise, minimise, minimise, as large, complex, tell-everything tracking hasn’t proved to be sustainable.
  8. 8. Recent breakthrough Upper Stony Creek project once off collaboration may serve as wider pilot
  9. 9. Eastern branch of Stony Creek diverted into the Maribyrnong
  10. 10. • Inescapable quest for an ongoing platform for collaborative has been redefined by innovations in information technology. • Having been a personal focus since 1981, I avoid going over old ground to stop me saying way too much, glazing over or dozing. • So somebody else compressing it into a less formal schematic summary has a lot of appeal. • This was clearly not of my doing or “Voice of nature/animals” would have been a lot more prominent. • Earlier composite slide introduced an emerging opportunity lost to the absence of a collaborative framework: • Lower Stony Creek exits central Sunshine drainage network with litter and water quality needing wetland treatment. • Short section defines municipal boundary with iconic culvert. • Orion townhouse estate development next door digs its own retarding basin with its overflow to join lower Stony.
  11. 11. “on-going platform of collaboration”
  12. 12. Overcoming barriers to fish movement
  13. 13. Deep Creek flow recovery suppressed by refilling near empty farm dams.
  14. 14. Moonee Valley’s Integrated Waterways Advisory Committee forced collaboration when Melbourne Water’s infrastructure renewal program would have reinstated outdated footbridge.
  15. 15. If we really want to monitor the health of the Maribyrnong those perched at the top of the food chain might be useful
  16. 16. While only a few river kilometres have the luxury of inspection from on water, many more have restricted public access and so avoid even passive surveillance.