Wednesday, December 6, 2023

WA councils recognised for commitment to saving water

WA Water Minister, Dave Kelly, today named the cities of Bayswater and Cockburn as Platinum Waterwise Councils of the Year for their sustained commitment to water efficiency. 

The announcement came at a special recognition event co-hosted by Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) to celebrate the achievements of Western Australia’s top waterwise councils and aquatic centres.

The City of Armadale, City of Gosnells, Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Town of Claremont were all welcomed as new waterwise councils, with the Town of Claremont, City of Belmont and City of Albany receiving special recognition as a gold waterwise council.

“By encouraging local governments and aquatic centres to improve water efficiency, Water Corporation and the McGowan Government are helping to secure precious water resources for all Western Australians,” said Mr Kelly.

“Aquatic centres are an important part of communities right across the State, so it’s great to see so many going above and beyond to find new ways of saving water.

“As climate change continues to have an impact on our water supplies, never has it been more important for local councils and aquatic centres to lead by example and help entrench waterwise actions across the community.”

To achieve gold recognition, endorsed Waterwise Councils must have a Water Corporation approved waterwise verge policy; all aquatic centres within their local government area endorsed as Waterwise Aquatic Centres, and an established Water Management Team within the council.

Platinum Waterwise Councils of the Year also need to provide a range of initiatives they have completed that year that align with the Water Sensitive Cities goals and indicators.

The Minister also congratulated the City of Canning for claiming Water Corporation’s Community Choice Award for its Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park. Chosen by public vote, the park was among six innovative projects showcasing water-efficient design.

The Waterwise Aquatic Centre Program, created in partnership with the Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics, saw 15 aquatic centres achieve gold recognition for delivering best practice water management planning, and achieving industry benchmarks for water efficiency. This is the first time aquatic centres have been recognised at the event.

“The impacts of climate change have seen a 20% reduction in rainfall in the State’s south-west since the 1970s, meaning we can no longer rely on rain alone to meet our water needs, and dramatically affecting where precious water supplies are sourced from,” the Minister said.

“As we continue to feel the impacts of climate change, local governments, businesses and the community all have a role to play to protect and adapt the way we use water.”

Waterwise Council Program 2021 recognitions:

Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year – Awarded to a council demonstrating innovation and achievements over and above gold requirements. To be eligible, the council must be an endorsed Gold Waterwise Council.

Community Choice Award – Chosen by the community as the council most deserving of recognition for their nominated Gold Waterwise Council project.

New Gold Waterwise Council – Awarded to councils for demonstrating actions across all Water Sensitive City goal areas.

Newly Endorsed Waterwise Council – Councils that have met endorsement requirements.

AwardCouncil
2021 Platinum Waterwise Council of the YearCity of Bayswater
2021 Platinum Waterwise Council of the YearCity of Cockburn
Community Choice AwardCity of Canning
New Gold Waterwise CouncilCity of Albany
New Gold Waterwise CouncilCity of Belmont
New Gold Waterwise CouncilTown of Claremont
Newly Endorsed Waterwise CouncilCity of Armadale
Newly Endorsed Waterwise CouncilShire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes
Newly Endorsed Waterwise CouncilTown of Claremont
Newly Endorsed Waterwise CouncilCity of Gosnells
10 Year Waterwise CouncilCity of Belmont
10 Year Waterwise CouncilTown of Cambridge
10 Year Waterwise CouncilShire of Capel
10 Year Waterwise CouncilCity of Joondalup
10 Year Waterwise CouncilTown of Mosman Park
10 Year Waterwise CouncilCity of Nedlands
10 Year Waterwise CouncilShire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
10 Year Waterwise CouncilCity of Subiaco

2021 New Gold Waterwise Aquatic Centres

Awarded for demonstrating best practice water management in an Aquatic Centre.

Aquatic CentreCouncil
Albany Leisure and Aquatic CentreCity of Albany
Bayswater Waves Leisure CentreCity of Bayswater
Cannington LeisureplexCity of Canning
Riverton LeisureplexCity of Canning
Bold Park AquaticTown of Cambridge
Bay of Isles Leisure CentreShire of Esperance
Fremantle Leisure CentreCity of Fremantle
Craigie Leisure CentreCity of Joondalup
Kwinana RecquaticCity of Kwinana
Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation CentreCity of Mandurah
Merredin District Olympic Swimming PoolShire of Merredin
Murray Aquatic and Leisure CentreShire of Murray
Scarborough Beach PoolCity of Stirling
Beatty Park Leisure CentreCity of Vincent
Wanneroo AquamotionCity of Wanneroo

The Waterwise Council Program was introduced by Water Corporation and DWER more than 12 years ago. A total of 46 councils are now endorsed through the program, with eight councils this year recognised for 10 years’ participation. To find out more about the Waterwise Council and Aquatic Centre Programs, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au

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