The Moorabool River is a tributary of the Barwon River. It flows south from the Central Highlands between Ballarat and Ballan to join the Barwon River at Fyansford just north of Geelong. The Moorabool River is a highly regulated catchment with major storages that include Lal Lal, Moorabool and Bostock reservoirs. Despite substantial extraction and many years of drought, the river retains significant environmental values.
The Moorabool River and its tributaries continue to be an important place for Traditional Owners and their Nations. The Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) in the region is the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation. RAP representatives were engaged in the preparation of the Moorabool system seasonal watering proposal.
Water for Victoria identifies the Moorabool River as a priority for restoration. The Living Moorabool project includes activities to protect and improve riparian land and to remove fish barriers in the Moorabool River catchment. Complementary water management activities such as these are needed to optimise the environmental outcomes achievable with environmental flows.