Western Australia’s top Waterwise Councils have been recognised by the State Government for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the community by embracing sustainable water practices.
At a special recognition event hosted by the Water Corporation this morning, Water Minister Dave Kelly announced that six councils had achieved Platinum and Gold status as part of the Waterwise Councils program.
The City of Canning took out top honours, receiving Platinum Council of the Year in recognition of its innovation and leadership to embrace and embed waterwise principles.
The City of Fremantle, Town of Mosman Park, Shire of Mundaring, City of Rockingham and City of Stirling all achieved Gold recognition for the first time.
The City of Bayswater was awarded the inaugural Waterwise Council Community Choice Award for its Living Stream and Ninja Park project. Chosen by a public vote, this project was among nine innovative finalists showcasing waterwise thinking.
The Waterwise Council Program is run through a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and supports councils to improve water efficiency in their operations and communities, and to lead the way in water sustainability. A total of 40 councils are now endorsed through the program.
To find out more about the Waterwise Council Program, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au
As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:
“The Waterwise Council Program is a great example of different areas of government working together for a common goal – to create more waterwise, sustainable communities.
“As climate change continues to impact our State, it is more important than ever councils lead by example to help embed waterwise thinking in our community.
“This year marks a decade of the Waterwise Councils Program, and I am encouraged to see councils’ continued focus on saving water to ensure we have liveable and sustainable communities into the future.”
Councils receiving recognition or endorsement at the 2019 Waterwise Recognition event:
Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year – Awarded to a council demonstrating innovation and achievements over and above Gold requirements, across all Water Sensitive City goal areas. To be eligible, the council must be an endorsed Gold Waterwise Council.
- City of Canning
New Gold Waterwise Councils – Awarded to councils for demonstrating actions across all Water Sensitive City goal areas.
- City of Fremantle
- Town of Mosman Park
- Shire of Mundaring
- City of Rockingham
- City of Stirling
Community Choice Award – Chosen by the community as the council most deserving of recognition for their nominated Gold Waterwise Council project.
- City of Bayswater
Newly endorsed Waterwise Council – Councils that have met endorsement requirements:
- City of Albany