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Have your say on local waterways

Want to register your opinion of the Maribyrnong River, Port Phillip Bay or Cherry Lake?

Victoria University is helping conduct a world-first survey to discover how people value the rivers, lakes, creeks, wetlands, and estuaries in their region.

The River Health Social Benchmarking project will survey about 3000 respondents on-line until the end of July, with a report due by year-end.

Queensland University of Technology in collaboration with VU's Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) is conducting the survey for Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Dr John Cary, Professorial Research Fellow at the ISI, said the study would be the first large-scale survey to collect information about how Victorian communities understood the social importance of their waterways.

Among the questions the survey asks is what people use waterways for, what they think makes a waterway healthy, and who they think should be responsible for waterway health.

The information will help Victorian government agencies understand residents' views when seeking to improve the health and use of Victoria's waterways.

 To complete the survey visit: www.surveymonkey.com/myvicwaterway

VU Media Contact: Ann Marie Angebrandt, Snr. Journalist

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 5487; mobile: 0403 556 001

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