Photo: Shire President Cr Michelle Rich celebrates the Shire’s 2020 Gold Waterwise Council rating with Landcare SJ Executive Officer, Francis Smit, Director Infrastructure Services, Steve Harding and Environmental and Biodiversity Officer, Dr Penny Hollick,
The shire was recognised for its leadership in sustainable water management through the Waterwise Council Program, a joint initiative between the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
The gold status was recognition of the outstanding work by the shire staff over many years to improve water management practices.
The shire met five mandatory actions and completed 10 key activities in the past 12 months set out by the Waterwise Council Program.
As part of the mandatory actions, the shire has demonstrated waterwise verge best practice, implemented proactive engagement with local schools and developers to encourage participation in the Waterwise Program and is working towards creating a cross functional Water Management Team.
Other actions completed by the shire over the past year include drainage initiatives to Abernethy Road and Briggs Park, execution of the shire’s Significant Tree Register, Free Verge Plant Program and Free Street Tree Program, development of an Integrated Water Management Strategy and implementation of the Urban and Rural Forest Strategy and Byford District Water Management Strategy.
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