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Doctors for Forests/ Myer Foundation - Melbourne Water Report

Melbourne is fortunate to have been founded with foresight for water resources. By 1890, two of the city’s catchments had been protected, followed by an additional two soon afterwards (O’Shaughnessy & Jayasuriya 1989). In recent decades, the increased demand for access to forest timber resources has resulted in extensive logging of water supply catchments.

Australia’s longest running studies on the effect of catchment logging and bushfire on water supply have been carried out in the mountain ash forests of Victoria’s Central Highlands. This research program has illustrated the significant negative consequences of logging in water supply catchments.

Today, as Melbourne approaches the limits of its available water supply, there is an increasing need for community awareness and debate over the management of our water supply catchments.