Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership

The Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership (A3P) addresses priority research needs identified in the Healthy Waterway Strategy (HWS) 2018.

Using a collaborative research model between Melbourne Water and RMIT University with active involvement of stakeholders, we ensure our research outputs are relevant and timely in order to facilitate industry adoption.

A3P represents an approach to conduct research on waterway pollution identification and management within the Port Phillip and Westernport region that supports a truly dual focus of:

  1. applied research to reduce pollution of waterways and bays and
  2. knowledge exchange that integrates research findings and the broader science with primarily Melbourne Water activities, and secondarily those of other stakeholders.

The Partnership is focussed on identification and management of pollution in waterways and bays in both urban and rural environments, and the prioritisation and design of interventions for the protection and improvement of waterway and bay ecosystems. As well as helping to inform strategic planning, the research program is designed to be flexible and responsive so that it can also support Melbourne Water’s day-to-day activities. This includes providing direct and easy access to expert advice for Melbourne Water, through co-location of staff (at both Melbourne Water and the Partner Organisation offices) and regular formal and informal interaction opportunities between researchers and waterway managers.

The Partnership complements other key waterway research initiatives for which Melbourne Water is a collaborator (e.g. CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, the Waterway Research Science-Practice Partnership), and is formed as a dedicated partnership between Melbourne Water and the Partner Organisation – such that the research undertaken within the Partnership will be in direct response to the needs identified by Melbourne Water. However, it is clear that the Melbourne Water-focussed research should not be undertaken in isolation and that there are several excellent research groups with whom collaboration will be mutually beneficial. Accordingly, the Research Centre will be established as an open framework to accommodate collaboration, and actively seek opportunities for integrated and complementary projects with other research groups and industry organisations.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.