The City of Bayswater will continue to lead the way in urban water management with its new Waterwise Bayswater strategy adopted by Council on Tuesday night. The strategy will build on the success of the multi-award winning Bayswater Brook Catchment Management Plan and pave the way for Bayswater to become a water sensitive City by 2030.
Developed in collaboration with government agencies, the water industry, environmental groups and local residents; Waterwise Bayswater is a shared vision to care for the water sources that give life to our river, green places and the community over the next ten years.
The strategy is focused on improving water management across three areas: the natural environment (wetlands, biodiversity and natural areas), the environment we create (buildings, streets and parks), and the way we live in the environment (changing behaviours).
Mayor Dan Bull said Waterwise Bayswater represents the next phase in best-practice water management for the City.
"Our City has been widely recognised for its commitment to managing water, achieving gold waterwise status from the Water Corporation for the past two years. The City has also received a number of prestigious awards including ones from ALGA (Australasian Land and Groundwater Association), IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia), Western Australian Water Awards, and the Local Government Honour Awards.
“Waterwise Bayswater will ensure the City continues to lead the way in creating a cool, liveable, green and sustainable community that is resilient to climate change.
“Our focus is on saving our most precious resource for future generations by enhancing and protecting the health of our waterways, wetlands and the river; mitigating flood risk and damage; and creating waterwise public spaces in Perth’s inner east.
"I would like to thank the Water Corporation, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, State Government, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions and members of the City of Bayswater community for working with the City to review our practices and plan the way forward.”