Twinning Is Winning – 2019 Applications Open!

Waterway Management Twinning Program - 2018 Participants

Application Process OPEN!

The Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program is open to all Victorian professionals currently involved in the management and protection of Victoria’s waterways. Individuals from Victoria will be given preference over applications from other States.  Other than scholarship positions, priority will be given to staff members of Catchment Management Authorities and projects that implement the Water for Victoria and the Victorian Regional Riparian Action Plan. Waterway professionals from other States are welcome to apply if their organisation is prepared to fully fund all their travel, accommodation and program costs ($6000 gst exclusive).

We are seeking both mentees and mentors from a diverse range of disciplines and roles. Three partnerships will involve fully funded scholarships:

  • Traditional Owner/Aboriginal Community Member – a mentee scholarship for an Aboriginal person involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.
  • Landcare/Community Group Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a member of a not-for-profit organisation involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.
  • River Basin Management Society Scholarship – a mentee scholarship for a River Basin Management Society member involved in the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.

Workshop Dates

  • 26th – 28th of March 2019
  • 4th – 5th of June 2019
  • 29th of October 2019

Program Guidelines

  1. Mentors will be hosted by their mentees at least once through the Twinning period, allowing time and resourcing, as to enable the mentor to properly understand the project (e.g. site visits, access to resources etc).
  2. It is preferred that mentees will visit their mentor’s region at least once through the Twinning period.
  3. The non-scholarship mentee’s organisation is required to provide $6000 funding to be used primarily for travel and accommodation costs between the two regions and is split as follows:
    • $2000 is kept by the Program administrators to fund workshop costs including venue hire, food and accommodation. Note it does not include the purchase of beverages or travel to and from the workshop location. These costs should come out of the participating organisation’s travel funds, see below.
    • $2000 will be passed from GHCMA to the mentor for costs associated with travel to and from the workshop and mentee’s location and any other costs relevant to the project.
    • $2000 to be retained by the mentee in a dedicated account to cover any costs associated with the mentee travelling to and from the workshop and additionally travel and accommodation costs associated with visiting the mentor’s location and any other costs relevant to the project.

The Twinning Program is a collaboration between the Australian River Restoration Centre and Glenelg Hopkins CMA.   We are delighted that in 2018 the Victorian Government is continuing to fund the Program through the $30 million Regional Riparian Action Plan, which is part of $222 million committed in Water for Victoria to improve the health of waterways and catchments across the State.  We are also so pleased that the River Basin Management Society is funding a scholarship for 2019, following their support of our program in 2017 – 2018.

Throughout the nine-month program mentors will work with their mentees to further develop an existing or developed waterway management project of the mentee.  In addition, all participants come together on three occasions throughout the Program for professional development workshops facilitated by Dr Siwan Lovett, Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre.  The Twinning Program provides a fantastic opportunity to create new networks, enhance your waterway management project, share your wisdom, develop professionally and have some fun!

Applications close Monday, the 15th of October 2018.  To apply see information on the application process below. Any queries can be directed to program co-ordinator Dr. Jan Barton j.barton@ghcma.vic.gov.au (03) 5571 2526 or Dr. Siwan Lovett siwan.lovett@arrc.com.au (02) 6247 7997.

The Application Process:

We welcome applications from people interested in being a mentee or mentor.  Mentees are encouraged to nominate a mentor if they know of someone they would like to work with who has expertise in the waterway project they would like to focus on.  The definition of a ‘waterway project’ is broad, and includes on-ground works, community engagement, effective communication, science underpinning policy, monitoring and evaluation.  Please don’t be restricted to this list, we are open to new ideas and approaches providing they are focused on the protection and management of Victoria’s waterways.

For the mentoring program to work, there must be support and endorsement by the organisation’s management for those wanting to get involved.  This includes an allocation of time for the mentoring project within a mentee or mentor’s work program, as well as a guarantee that they can attend all three face-to-face workshop sessions.  Mentoring needs to be viewed as a core tool to aid staff development and, as such, immensely valuable to both the individual and organisation.

Download the postcard and share with anyone you think might be interested – Waterway Management Twinning Program 2019 Postcard

The Application Forms below can be downloaded and then emailed to the Program CoordinatorDr. Jan Barton at j.barton@ghcma.vic.gov.au. Completed applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on Monday the 15th of October 2018.

Participant selection will be made by the Steering Committee in late November and based on information provided in the mentor and mentee application forms. Selection will be based primarily on the Steering Committee’s expertise and perception of the potential benefit to Victorian river health projects that can be achieved through the personal and professional capacity developed through the mentoring partnership.  Priority will be given to projects implementing the Victorian Regional Riparian Action Plan and the Water for Victoria Plan.

While open to both public and private sector professionals, where possible a representative of a Catchment Management Authority, DEWLP, Arthur Rylah Institute or Melbourne Water will be involved in each twinning partnership.  Mentors may be selected from interstate if their expertise will have significant benefit to Victorian waterways.

Scholarships will be chosen using the criteria outlined above, and their choice will not be influenced by whether the candidate could otherwise pay for their place.


If you would like to submit a query about the Program please use the form below.  You are also welcome to contact Dr. Jan Barton, the Program Coordinator (03 5571 2526 or j.barton@ghcma.vic.gov.au) or Dr. Siwan Lovett  siwan.lovett@arrc.com.au (02) 6247 7997.