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City recognised for best practice in water catchment management

Posted on January 14, 2019

The City has achieved a top score in the recently released Annual Nutrient Survey for Local Government Authorities. The South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) awarded the City of Bayswater and City of Vincent the joint highest score for best practice management of nutrients.

The scorecard rates councils in a range of categories including fertiliser applications, nutrient management, water quality monitoring and development control; all with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the Swan and Canning Rivers.

The achievement follows the City's success at the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association Awards and LG Honour Awards late last year. The City was awarded the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability award for its Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project, and the Best Scoping/Operation of a Site Investigation for its Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary rehabilitation project.

Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish said the City was proud to be recognised as a leader in water catchment management.

"The City has made great strides in how we manage our precious environmental assets.

"Bayswater is set along a 10km stretch of the Swan River, with many sensitive wetlands and an enormous 188 parks, ovals and public open spaces to care for.

"We know that our parks, gardens and open spaces are one of the top reasons people love living in the City of Bayswater, and we're conscious of our responsibility to maintain the amenity of these spaces while minimising our impact on the environment

"Fortunately, the City has been an early adopter of smart technology to help us monitor and manage our use of water and fertilisers. We're using a satellite monitoring irrigation scheduling system that allows staff to operate sprinklers remotely, and know exactly how much and when watering is required to optimise the health of our green spaces, while avoiding wastage.

"We're also carrying out regular soil and leaf tissue analysis to ensure we're using just the right amount of nutrients required to keep the grass healthy, without over fertilising."

The City's other major achievements in catchment management have been the rehabilitation of Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary; the Russell Street Park living stream project; and now the revitalisation a drainage site at Jakobson Way in Morley. A further three drainage sites suitable for living streams have been identified for the next stage of the Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Project. 

The results of the SERCUL survey can be viewed at www.sercul.org.au.

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