The river systems and wetlands within our municipality provide essential services and support highly significant ecosystems.


RiverConnect is a unique partnership between the Greater Shepparton City Council, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and our residents to connect our communities to our rivers.

Learn more about the Goulburn and Broken Rivers at the RiverConnect website.

Water management at Council

Council has adopted a number of plans to manage the quality and quantity of water used within the municipality.

Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2008

The Domestic Wastewater Management Plan aims to protect public health and the physical environment in settled areas, and promote environmental sustainability by reducing the impacts of domestic wastewater on the local receiving environments.

Sustainable Water Use Plan (2007)

The Sustainable Water Use Plan aims to reduce Council’s water consumption and maximise water reuse. The Plan identifies where and how much potable water Council uses, and contains actions for Council to reduce potable water consumption.

Stormwater Management Plan (2009 review)

The key goal of the Stormwater Management Plan is to protect and enhance values of receiving waterways.

Gross Pollutant Traps

Council and the GB CMA have installed five major Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) at key locations throughout the municipality to reduce the amount of litter entering out waterways from the urban stormwater system.

GPTs are located at:

  • McFarlane Rd, Mooroopna
  • Vaughan St (west end), Shepparton
  • Broken River Drive at Colliver Rd, Shepparton
  • Archer St at River Rise, Shepparton
  • The Boulevard at Knight St, Shepparton

Building and construction sites

Building and construction sites can be major contributors of litter and sediment into our waterways because these sites contain unprotected soil that is readily exposed to the elements (wind and rain) at locations in close proximity to stormwater drains. Council has developed a range of industry stormwater brochures to improve the quality of stormwater runoff from building and construction sites.

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is a method of designing new residential and industrial developments to treat stormwater before it leaves the local area. 

Water management - what you can do

Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) is our urban potable water provider.

Visit the GVW website to learn more about being water-wise in your home or business.


The municipality of Greater Shepparton is located on a floodplain and is expected to experience some type of flooding on a semi-regular basis. Water management is a key tool to minimise damage to assets and communities during floods, whilst also ensuring flood events are able to reach key environmental sites to maintain our natural environments and animal populations.

For further information of flooding in our region, visit Council's Flood Information page or Flood Victoria.


Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is the peak natural resource management body in the region, who work to ensure land and water resources are protected and enhanced as well as improving the region’s social wellbeing, environmental quality and productive capacity in a sustainable manner.

Goulburn Valley Water

Goulburn Valley Water provides safe and reliable water and wastewater services to urban customers throughout the municipality of Greater Shepparton through water supply systems and wastewater management facilities.

Goulburn-Murray Water

Goulburn-Murray Water is a rural water corporation that manages both groundwater and the region’s irrigation delivery network. GMW manages both regulated and unregulated river systems.