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Switch off sprinklers to save precious water this winter1361Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Winter Sprinkler Switch-off in effect from June 1 to August 31 Study 24000html28/05/2021 4:29:01 AM2021-05-28T04:00:00Z Winter Sprinkler Switch-off in effect from June 1 to August 31 Study shows nine out of 10 households are switching off their sprinklers during winter The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off has saved around 50 billion litres of water since 2010Water Minister Dave Kelly today urged households to help combat the effects of climate change on water supply this winter by switching off garden irrigation to save around five billion litres of precious water. The annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is a permanent water efficiency initiative that requires scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern to turn off reticulation from June 1 to August 31. Water Corporation research shows most households do the right thing, with nine out of 10 switching off their sprinklers during winter. During these cooler months, lawns go dormant and plants do not require as much water, meaning it is the perfect time to save water for when we need it most. Households are also encouraged to switch off reticulation not just in winter but also during periods of unseasonal rainfall. The switch-off applies to both scheme and bore water users, however, hand watering is permitted and some exemptions may apply. Water Corporation inspectors are out seven days a week monitoring for unauthorised sprinkler use during the switch-off period. Anyone in the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off area spotted using their sprinklers between June 1 and August 31 risks a $100 fine. In areas of the State not subject to the switch-off, normal watering rosters and daytime sprinkler bans still apply. Since being introduced in 2010, the annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off has saved around 50 billion litres of water - enough to fill Optus Stadium 50 times. To find out if you are included in the switch-off, please visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/wintersprinklerswitchoff For details on how the switch-off applies to bore and licensed water users go to https//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/water Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Winter is a really important time to help conserve water in preparation for warmer months when there is a greater reliance on sprinklers. "The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is one way we can all join the fight against the impacts of climate change and reduced rainfall on our State's water supply. We know that by simply switching off garden irrigation we can collectively save five billion litres of precious water this winter alone. "It's not just scheme water saved during the switch-off. Groundwater makes up 70 per cent of total supply in Perth and Peel, and by turning off garden bores in winter we can help ensure it remains a sustainable water source. "All Western Australians know the importance of staying waterwise and the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is one of many ways we each can contribute towards liveable, sustainable and resilient communities of the future. "I'm urging everyone, including the one in 10 people who may have overlooked the sprinkler switch-off in the past, to do the right thing and help save our precious water supplies. "While people must switch off in winter, it's always a good idea to switch off your sprinklers after any heavy rainfall, no matter the time of year, to ensure we save as much water as possible." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water Deficiency Declarations revoked in six shires1360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Recent rainfall and the replenishment of water supplies has allowed for 24980html28/05/2021 2:07:42 AM2021-05-28T02:00:00Z Recent rainfall and the replenishment of water supplies has allowed for the revocation of nine water deficiency declarations crossing six shires McGowan Government investing in water carting and improved community water supplies to assist farmers managing the impacts of climate change On-farm and community water supplies will continue to be monitored over the coming monthsRecent rainfall across the State's south has provided great relief to many of WA's farmers. Improved water availability has also allowed for nine Water Deficiency Declarations to be revoked in six shires from today, May 28, 2021, with the carting of water for emergency livestock purposes no longer required. A 'water deficiency declaration' is a Government response to provide water to farmers for emergency animal welfare needs during very dry periods. The revocations apply to the Esperance Shire (Cascade), Lake Grace Shire (Mallee Hill and Ardler Road), Jerramungup Shire (Jerramungup North), Ravensthorpe Shire (Fitzgerald and Mount Short), Dumbleyung Shire (Kukerin) and the Kent Shire (Hollands Rock and Hamilton). The southern and south-eastern agricultural regions have been experiencing reduced rainfalls and dry conditions for multiple years now, with water deficiency arrangements in place in some areas since May 2019. In response, the McGowan Government has spent more than $3.7 million on direct water carting to central locations to support emergency livestock needs, $2.2 million on the development and upgrading of strategic community water supplies and government-owned water sources since June 2018, and $1.5 million partnering with local government to upgrade existing and develop new community water supplies. This has resulted in increased off-farm water availability in many areas and has helped to make these revocations possible. Only two water deficiency declarations remain in place, those being in Salmon Gums and Grass Patch in the Esperance Shire. Rainfall in these areas has been variable and while sufficient to allow for the temporary suspension of emergency water carting, the availability of water in on-farm dams and off-farm strategic supplies is still limited. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will continue to liaise with local farmers and shires, and monitor the situation over coming months. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The recent rainfall and ability to revoke the water deficiency declarations in these areas has been a relief for local farmers across the region who have been dealing first-hand with the impacts of climate change and reduced rainfall over recent years. "The McGowan Government's investment in farming communities is paying dividends, by enlarging and desilting dams and improving catchments, many of the on-farm dams and off‑farm strategic community supplies have filled with recent rains, which provides for improved water security into the future. "Climate change is having a significant impact on this region, which is why the McGowan Government is working closely with local governments and farmers to bring new water sources online and maintain access to existing supplies." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Fitzroy River water discussion paper comment period extended1353Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen 27730html27/05/2021 6:46:50 AM2021-05-27T06:00:00Z Public comment period extended until August 31, 2021 Extension ensures all stakeholders will have an opportunity to have their say Paper summarises management approaches being considered in the Fitzroy River catchment A final Fitzroy River water allocation plan to be released in 2022 The McGowan Government today announced the Western Australian community will have more time to comment on the future of the Fitzroy River catchment in the Kimberley, with the public comment period of the 'Managing Water in the Fitzroy River Catchment' discussion paper extended until August 31, 2021. The discussion paper, which had been scheduled to close for comment on May 31, 2021, outlines approaches being considered by the Western Australian Government to protect the Fitzroy River and manage the use of water to support sustainable economic development in the catchment. The McGowan Government has extended the comment period to ensure all stakeholders have an ample opportunity to comment on the paper. The paper will help to inform a water allocation plan, which is an important part of the State Government delivering on its commitments to create the Fitzroy River National Park, which will extend the Geikie Gorge National Park along the Fitzroy River to the north and along the Margaret River; develop a management plan for the Fitzroy River to ensure the health of the river and provide a basis for sustainable economic development; and not allow the Fitzroy River or its tributaries to be dammed. Outlined in the paper are several key topics and management approaches for more focused discussion and feedback that relate to managing water and development in the Fitzroy River catchment. No final decisions have been made in relation to any option or approach taken in this paper. At the conclusion of the comment period, the Western Australian Government will consider all feedback received and prepare a draft Fitzroy River catchment water allocation plan, which will be released for public comment before a final water allocation plan is published in 2022. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Given the significance of the plan it is important to ensure people have time to consider and share their views on the matter of water allocation and use in the Fitzroy. "The impacts of COVID-19 and the wet season have complicated the consultation process. "Because of this, the paper will remain open for comment until the end of August 2021. "Ensuring the sustainably managed and developed water resources of the Fitzroy River catchment, which involves government, traditional owners and other stakeholders, is a priority of the McGowan Government. "The McGowan Government has committed to no dams on the river or its tributaries." Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Fitzroy River has unique environmental and cultural values which are community assets that require us to plan carefully in developing and driving new and diversified economic opportunities for residents and communities. "We believe in the need to both protect the river and its values, and support pathways for people to pursue economic development opportunities. "Extending consultation will ensure every community member and stakeholder can have their voice heard, and that the future of the Fitzroy will deliver benefits for the whole community." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Creating the Fitzroy River National Park is an important part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks which will secure a further five million hectares of national parks, marine parks and reserves across Western Australia over the next five years. "Ensuring meaningful consultation with stakeholders is a critical part of the process." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "The Fitzroy River and its surrounds are a uniquely special place for traditional owners who have played, and always will play, an integral role in the protection and management of this significant natural asset. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with traditional owners to foster enhanced consultation and strong joint management partnerships for the benefit of the culture, jobs, training, regional economies, the environment and society at large. "I would encourage anyone with an interest in this special part of WA to utilise this extended public consultation period and have your say." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800
Students unite to champion WA’s sustainable water future1315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home More than 180 students take part in 2021 WA Schools Think Tank 20410html21/05/2021 6:20:57 AM2021-05-21T06:15:00Z More than 180 students take part in 2021 WA Schools Think Tank Challenge Unique event designed to inspire next generation of suitability champions Fremantle College crowned winners at final pitch eventFuture sustainability champions from eight Western Australian high schools have presented their bright ideas for our State's waterwise future at a special event attended by Water Minister Dave Kelly today. Hosted by Water Corporation and the Innovation Institute, the 2021 WA Schools Think Tank Challenge brought together teams of Year 9 and 10 students from secondary schools across Perth, the South-West and Great Southern. Students were encouraged to employ innovative problem-solving techniques to help inspire people to remain waterwise in the face of the impacts of climate change and reduced rainfall. They also learnt about how traditional owners have been the custodians of WA's water systems for more than 60,000 years. In total, more than 180 students from 22 high schools took part in one of four workshops, with eight finalists today presenting to a panel of water industry experts at Water Corporation. Students from Fremantle College were crowned the challenge winners for their campaign to develop a sink tap and outdoor hose that has flow settings for different purposes. For example, brushing your teeth or washing your hands would have separate settings that reduce flow. The other seven school finalists were Girrawheen Senior High School, Mount Lawley Senior High School, St Norbert College (Queens Park), Rossmoyne Senior High School, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Bunbury Senior High School and Great Southern Grammar Albany. Supported by the McGowan Government, the 2021 WA Schools Think Tank Challenge provides a platform for young people to voice their hopes and aspirations for WA's sustainable water future. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Climate change is having a very real impact on how we source and supply water, meaning we all have a responsibility to use every drop wisely. "Through the WA Schools Think Tank Challenge, we're not only educating young people about the impacts of climate change but also involving them in designing solutions. "When it comes to issues of environment and sustainability, we know young people - our future leaders - are incredibly passionate. It's fantastic to see an event which allows them to put innovation into action to promote the waterwise message. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, congratulations to Fremantle College and all participating schools, and to Water Corporation and the Innovation Institute for hosting such a unique event." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Resilience and adaptability the key to Harbour health, says new report1305Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Report praises Oyster Harbour water quality Oyster Harbour Catchment 19740html20/05/2021 3:12:33 AM2021-05-20T03:05:00Z ​Report praises Oyster Harbour water quality Oyster Harbour Catchment Group receives funding through Healthy Estuaries WA programWater Minister Dave Kelly today released the Oyster Harbour (Miaritch) Condition of the estuary 2016-19 report on three years of water quality monitoring. The report summarises the main drivers of estuary health (flow and catchment condition), and the response of the estuary in terms of water quality and seagrass habitat. Located in the State's Great Southern region, Oyster Harbour is also known as Miaritch in Menang Noongar language. Covering an area of 15.6 square kilometres, Oyster Harbour is permanently open to King George Sound and is the only south-coast estuary without a sand bar. Two major rivers (the Kalgan and King) flow into the northern harbour and are estuarine (that is, influenced by tidal marine exchange) for approximately nine and seven kilometres respectively. Water quality and seagrass cover in Oyster Harbour declined in the late 1970s and 1980s due to catchment clearing and excessive nutrient inputs. Seagrass has recovered remarkably well in the past 20 years because of improved catchment management activities and significant seagrass transplanting, leading to better water quality. Today, Oyster Harbour generally has very good water quality. It is free from nuisance microalgal blooms, fish kills and concentrations of low oxygen, and is a success story of improved water quality in an estuarine environment. However, occasional elevated levels of nutrients and evidence of microalgal activity in the northern section of Oyster Harbour has increased in recent years, especially in summer and autumn. Relatively high phosphate concentrations from the King River catchment may be a key contributor to this. The Report recommends management should continue to focus on building resilience and adaptability where possible. The report can be found here. As part of the McGowan Government's $25 million investment in the Healthy Estuaries WA program, $7 million has been allocated over four years to help improve water quality and restore the values of three south coast estuaries - Oyster Harbour, Wilson Inlet and Torbay. As a partner of the Healthy Estuaries WA program, the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group has received $904,000 in program funding and assistance from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, to support increased water quality monitoring and ongoing works to reduce the nutrient runoff from farms into Oyster Harbour. DWER also supports the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group in its ecosystem activities, such as restoring seagrass and native oyster reefs. In 2018, the McGowan Government invested $1 million in a project to restore native oyster reefs in Albany's Oyster Harbour to progress on an election commitment to help improve recfishing, biodiversity and water quality in Oyster Harbour. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Although the water quality in Oyster Harbour is currently very good, the ongoing impacts of climate change may pose a threat to this in the future. "Significant reductions in rainfall in the State's south have seen reductions in freshwater flows and increased salinity in south coast estuaries. "A changing climate is also resulting in more sporadic, atypical rainfall events which have the potential to deliver nutrient loads at times of high algal growth activity, in summer for example. "This means the ongoing efforts to reduce the runoff of excess nutrients from the catchment are as important as ever. "By working with farmers, landholders, industry, local government and catchment groups, the Healthy Estuaries WA program is supporting the effective monitoring and management of our important south-coast waterways, and reducing nutrient inputs from catchments." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Urban Canopy Grant Program delivers thousands of trees across Perth1294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home More than 2,400 trees planted in 14 local government areas by 2022 26440html19/05/2021 7:04:22 AM2021-05-19T07:00:00Z More than 2,400 trees planted in 14 local government areas by 2022 under new grant program to help combat urban heat Planting earmarked for high urban heat areas including verges, car parks and road median strips The initiative will provide 11 hectares of urban tree canopy cover over 10 yearsWater Minister Dave Kelly has announced more than 2,400 trees will be planted in 14 local governments across Perth to help reduce the impacts of urban heat in the face of climate change. The trees are funded by the McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, as part of the $750,000 Urban Canopy Grant Program, which is being administered by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). Funding will go towards tree-planting projects that help cool heat-affected urban areas such as verges, car parks, rail reserves, and commuter routes for cyclists, pedestrians and school children. Several projects will also help create habitat and a natural food source for local wildlife, including the endangered Carnaby's black cockatoo. Tree planting is among the most effective ways to reduce the urban heat island effect common in highly populated areas with minimal green cover and buildings or pavement that absorb, store and radiate heat. Once matured, the trees are expected to provide an additional 11 hectares of tree canopy cover within the first 10 years. The Urban Canopy Grant Program supports existing tree canopy targets and greening initiatives already underway in local governments and is part of the McGowan Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan (WPAP). The WPAP was created in response to the major impacts of climate change and sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030. Successful local governments include the City of Armadale, Town of Bassendean, City of Bayswater, City of Canning, City of Cockburn, Town of Cottesloe, Town of East Fremantle, City of Fremantle, City of Kalamunda, City of Kwinana, City of Perth, Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, City of South Perth and City of Vincent. Round 2 of the Urban Canopy Grant Program is now open, with up to $135,000 available to local governments in Perth and Peel for tree planting initiatives in high urban heat areas. To view the program guidelines or to apply, please visit WALGA's website here. Applications close Monday June 28, 2021. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Tree planting is a simple and effective solution to reduce the urban heat island effect and naturally cool our cities. "Tree planting delivers multiple community benefits including improving air quality, increasing biodiversity, and creating more attractive places that promote health and wellbeing. "As Perth continues to experience above average daytime temperatures - including its second-warmest December on record last year - greening initiatives like the Urban Canopy Grant Program are one way we can help combat the urban heat island effect. "By making this program available to local governments, the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to tackle the impacts of climate change and create greener, cooler, more sustainable communities. Comments attributed to WALGA President Mayor Tracey Roberts "The Urban Canopy Grant Program will complement existing tree-planting initiatives already underway in local governments across Perth, and is a further step towards creating green, liveable communities of the future. "In addition, the program will strengthen relationships between schools, community groups and local businesses who will have opportunities to participate in tree planting activities." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New irrigation training program to help local councils be waterwise1242Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home New waterwise irrigation training program launched for WA local 18430html14/05/2021 2:20:25 AM2021-05-14T02:00:00Z New waterwise irrigation training program launched for WA local governments Training program delivered in partnership with the Water Corporation and Irrigation Australia Limited Western Australia Irrigation training program is a new initiative of the Waterwise Councils ProgramWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced the launch of a new waterwise irrigation training program for Waterwise councils. The program is a new initiative being introduced to encourage local governments to achieve and retain Gold endorsement under the existing Waterwise Council Program. The Waterwise Councils irrigation training program will equip local government staff with the skills and knowledge to ensure best practice in efficient water use, through improved irrigation design, installation and maintenance. The cost of the program will be fully subsidised for participating local government parks and irrigation staff, and will initially run each year for the next three years. To be eligible for access to the training, a local government must be endorsed or working towards achieving Gold status in the Waterwise Council Program. Local governments in the Perth and Peel regions rely on groundwater as the primary source of irrigation water for public parks and open space. However, groundwater resources are coming under pressure through a combination of increasing demand and lower recharge, due to climate change. Through the Waterwise Councils Program, many local governments are already demonstrating leadership in water use efficiency and leading by example in their communities on the efficient and sustainable use of precious groundwater to deliver beautiful, functional public open spaces and sports grounds. The training program will be delivered through a partnership between Irrigation Australia Limited Western Australia, the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The Waterwise Councils irrigation training program contributes to the delivery of the Waterwise Perth Action Plan through key action items that aim to extend and enhance the Waterwise Council Program and recognise 100 per cent of metropolitan councils as Gold by 2030. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Improving the water efficiency of irrigation systems is a smart and cost-effective way that local governments can use groundwater more sustainably and increase their resilience to a drying climate. "This training program will help Waterwise councils respond to the impact that climate change is having on our precious groundwater resources, by ensuring their staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to install water efficient irrigation systems. "The cost of the training program has been fully subsidised for local governments that are endorsed or working towards achieving Gold status in the Waterwise Council Program." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Aqwest announces Board Director re-appointments1227Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Neville Eastman and Tresslyn Smith re-appointed to the Aqwest Board 16670html12/05/2021 7:00:24 AM2021-05-12T07:00:00Z Neville Eastman and Tresslyn Smith re-appointed to the Aqwest Board Re-appointed directors bring extensive skills and experience to Aqwest Board Water Minister Dave Kelly has welcomed the re-appointment of Neville Eastman and Tresslyn Smith to the Aqwest Board of Directors. Mr Eastman, who has served on the Board for nine years, was re-appointed for a one year term and Mrs Smith was re-appointed for a three year term. Mr Eastman is a former accountant and partner of Eastman & Co Accountants, and brings a high level of financial and business skills to the Board. Bunbury City Councillor Tresslyn Smith has wide ranging experience in consumer affairs after a long career with the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Consumer Protection Division. Other serving Board Directors are Chair Stan Liaros, Rhonda Norman, Patricia Scaffidi and Wendy Giles. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I would like to congratulate Neville and Tresslyn on their re-appointments and thank them for their ongoing contribution to the Aqwest Board. "The Aqwest Board Directors bring a diverse range of skills and extensive business experience which ensures they can continue to make informed decisions in the best interest of customers and shareholders - the people of the City of Bunbury. "Mr Eastman has made a significant contribution over the past nine years and during that period has held the roles of Deputy Chair and Chair of Board's Audit Committee. "I congratulate him on what will be 10 years of dedicated service to Aqwest and the Bunbury community." Minister's office - 6552 6100
WA housing developers celebrated for achieving sustainable, waterwise living1224Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home WGV by DevelopmentWA claims Waterwise Development of the Year 15110html12/05/2021 2:16:53 AM2021-05-12T02:10:00Z WGV by DevelopmentWA claims Waterwise Development of the Year Waterwise Development Program recognises outstanding achievement in water sensitive urban design Waterwise programs part of the McGowan's Government's response to the impacts of climate change Six of Western Australia's leading, waterwise housing developments have been recognised today by Water Minister Dave Kelly for their water sensitive urban design. DevelopmentWA's WGV, East Village at Knutsford, Allure Estate Ferndale, SugarGum Estate, Brabham Estate and OneOneFive Hamilton Hill were each acknowledged as part of Water Corporation's Waterwise Development Program. The Waterwise Development of the Year went to WGV by DevelopmentWA for transforming an old, partially developed school site into a community-focused location. Using the limited space effectively, the development provides open space with functional amenities for the local community, coupled with best-practice local stormwater management. All groundwater and rainwater used by the development is recycled on re-use on site. Five other estates have been recognised as Gold Waterwise Developments for utilising best-practice sustainability and water-sensitive principles to help shape livable communities. To be recognised as a Waterwise Development, developers need to be certified by the following sustainability frameworks EnviroDevelopment Green Star One Planet Living Living Community/Building Challenge. For developments to achieve Gold recognition, they need to be an endorsed Waterwise Development as well as meet the criteria of the Water Sensitive Cities Index framework. The impacts of climate change have seen a 20 per cent 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. 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. Water Corporation's Waterwise Development Program was created in partnership with the Urban Development Institute of Australia in 2014, after recognising the fundamental role developments have in transitioning Perth to a waterwise city. A total of 22 developments have now been endorsed through the program. To find out more about the Waterwise Development Program, visit watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Waterwise Development Program is one of four flagship programs delivered by Water Corporation as part of the McGowan Government's response to the impacts of climate change on our precious water resources. "We know climate change is real and the impacts of reduced rainfall are being felt by communities right across the State's south-west. "That is why it is so important to be designing communities that support sustainable population growth and secure our precious water supplies. "By working in collaboration with developers to create water efficient communities, we're helping lead the way towards a more sustainable future." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Developments receiving Waterwise Recognition in 2021 Platinum Waterwise Development of the YearA development that demonstrates over and above Gold requirements across a range of Water Sensitive City goal areas. To be eligible the development must be an endorsed Gold Waterwise Development. Winner Developer WGV DevelopmentWA Gold Waterwise DevelopmentDevelopments that demonstrate leadership and innovation in creating a Waterwise Development. Recipient Developer East Village at Knutsford DevelopmentWA Allure Estate Ferndale The Department of Communities in collaboration with Yolk Property Group and BGC Housing Group SugarGum Estate Department of Communities Brabham Estate Peet Limited and Department of Communities OneOneFive Hamilton Hill DevelopmentWA
Saving water all in a day’s work for WA’s top waterwise businesses and buildings1223Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home More than 9.5 billion litres of water saved by waterwise businesses and 17360html12/05/2021 2:11:56 AM2021-05-12T02:05:00Z More than 9.5 billion litres of water saved by waterwise businesses and buildings in 2019-20 Wanneroo poultry business and CBD office building receive platinum recognition Water Corporation's non-residential water saving programs have saved 110 billion litres of water since 2007 Waterwise programs part of McGowan Government's response to impacts of climate change Western Australia's top water savers in business and industry were today recognised by Water Minister Dave Kelly for saving more than 9.5 billion litres, or 9.5 Optus Stadiums, of water in 2019-20. Nine businesses and 16 commercial buildings were acknowledged for their commitment to water efficiency as part of Water Corporation's Waterwise Business and Waterwise Buildings Programs (previously known as the Waterwise Office Program). The programs support many of the State's biggest non-residential water users with improving water management and driving water efficiency across their operations. To participate in the Waterwise Business Program a business must use more than 20,000kL per annum, as well as develop a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) and report annually on water savings actions. A business must have implemented a number of key water management actions in their WEMP during the previous 12 months to acquire Gold recognition. To achieve Platinum recognition a business must already be a Gold Waterwise business and have also demonstrated innovation or industry leading best practice water efficiency. Wanneroo poultry supplier Ingham's Enterprises was awarded the coveted Platinum Waterwise Business of the Year for introducing operational changes to reduce its scheme water use. This included installing water efficient fixtures and using recycled water. GDI Property Group was announced as the Platinum Waterwise Building of the Year for its property at 197 St Georges Terrace Perth. GDI Property Group introduced water saving measures to a suite of equipment in the building, improved leak detection methods and undertook staff waterwise education, all in the name of helping save water. To achieve Gold recognition, buildings need to have a NABERS water rating of 4 stars or more and demonstrate sustainable water efficiency practices. For Platinum recognition, buildings must be a Gold Waterwise Building and also demonstrate leadership or innovation in water management over the previous year. A further seven waterwise businesses and nine waterwise buildings achieved gold status under the programs, while five buildings were endorsed for their efforts to improve water use habits. The impacts of climate change have seen a 20 per cent 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. 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. Since 2007, the State Government and Water Corporation have helped save more than 110 billion litres of water through the Waterwise Business and Building programs. Both programs contribute to the State Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan, which sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Through the Waterwise Business and Building programs, Water Corporation and the McGowan Government are helping high water users rethink how they use our precious water supplies in the workplace, and to make sustainable choices when it comes to water management practices. "Aside from the environmental benefits, the sustainable use of water in the workplace also makes good business sense. It reduces operating costs and promotes businesses as a sustainable place to work. "With the impacts of climate change becoming more apparent, it is encouraging to see such commitment and passion by these businesses recognised today, to save our most precious resource." Minister's office - 6552 6100 2021 Waterwise Business Program - Platinum Waterwise Business of the YearRecognises a leader in water efficiency demonstrating best practice and innovation in water management for the 2019/20 Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) reporting year. Winner Location Ingham's Enterprises Wanneroo 2021 Waterwise Business Program - Gold recipientsRecognises outstanding commitment to the program by implementing a number of key water management actions in their WEMP and achieving a significant improvement in water use. Recipient Location Crown Towers Hotel Perth Crown Promenade Hotel Perth Crown Casino Perth Kanowna Belle - Northern Star Resources North-East Kalgoorlie Ingham's Enterprises Wanneroo Armadale Health Service Mount Nasura St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals Midland Innaloo Cinema Centre Innaloo 2021 Waterwise Building Program - Platinum Waterwise Building of the Year Awarded to a commercial office building that went above and beyond to deliver outstanding water sustainability outcomes in 2019/20 and demonstrated best practice water use. Winner Location GDI Property Group 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth 2021 Waterwise Building Program - Gold recipientsAwarded to a commercial office building that has demonstrated best practice water management. Recipient Location John Tonkin Water Centre, Water Corporation 629 Newcastle Street, Leederville GDI Property Group 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth Cloisters Square 200 St Georges Terrace, Perth Brookfield Tower 1 125 - 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth Brookfield Tower 2 123 St Georges Terrace, Perth Council House 27-29 St Georges Terrace, Perth Kings Square 2 562 Wellington Street, Perth Kings Square 3 10 Telethon Avenue, Perth City of Armadale 145 - 151 Jull Street, Armadale Mason Bird Building 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington 2021 Waterwise Building Program - Endorsed recipientsBuildings that have met endorsement requirements Recipient Location Two Forty 240 St Georges Terrace, Perth Kings Square 1 556 Wellington Street, Perth Optima Centre – Building B 16 Parkland Road, Osborne Park Department of Finance 1 Midland Square, Midland Mia Yellagonga 11 & 17 Mount Street, Perth
Local governments recognised for commitment to saving water1222Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home City of Bayswater and City of Cockburn named Platinum Waterwise 18790html12/05/2021 2:00:16 AM2021-05-12T02:00:00Z City of Bayswater and City of Cockburn named Platinum Waterwise Councils of the Year City of Canning's Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park wins Community Choice Award Waterwise programs part of McGowan Government's response to impacts of climate change 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. 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 per cent 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. 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. 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 Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "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. "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." Minister's office - 6552 6100 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. Award Council 2021 Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year City of Bayswater 2021 Platinum Waterwise Council of the Year City of Cockburn Community Choice Award City of Canning New Gold Waterwise Council City of Albany New Gold Waterwise Council City of Belmont New Gold Waterwise Council Town of Claremont Newly Endorsed Waterwise Council City of Armadale Newly Endorsed Waterwise Council Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Newly Endorsed Waterwise Council Town of Claremont Newly Endorsed Waterwise Council City of Gosnells 10 Year Waterwise Council City of Belmont 10 Year Waterwise Council Town of Cambridge 10 Year Waterwise Council Shire of Capel 10 Year Waterwise Council City of Joondalup 10 Year Waterwise Council Town of Mosman Park 10 Year Waterwise Council City of Nedlands 10 Year Waterwise Council Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale 10 Year Waterwise Council City of Subiaco 2021 New Gold Waterwise Aquatic Centres Awarded for demonstrating best practice water management in an Aquatic Centre. Aquatic Centre Council Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre City of Albany Bayswater Waves Leisure Centre City of Bayswater Cannington Leisureplex City of Canning Riverton Leisureplex City of Canning Bold Park Aquatic Town of Cambridge Bay of Isles Leisure Centre Shire of Esperance Fremantle Leisure Centre City of Fremantle Craigie Leisure Centre City of Joondalup Kwinana Recquatic City of Kwinana Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre City of Mandurah Merredin District Olympic Swimming Pool Shire of Merredin Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre Shire of Murray Scarborough Beach Pool City of Stirling Beatty Park Leisure Centre City of Vincent Wanneroo Aquamotion City of Wanneroo
Autumn rainfall encourages early sprinkler switch-off across Perth and Peel1213Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Up to three billion litres of water could be saved if sprinklers are 20930html10/05/2021 8:47:59 AM2021-05-10T08:45:00Z Up to three billion litres of water could be saved if sprinklers are switched off early following heavy rainfall this week Gardens benefited from a 50mm drenching in five days Groundwater bore and scheme water reticulation to be turned off no later than June 1 deadline Water Minister Dave Kelly said widespread rain, which drenched large parts of the State last week, should encourage Western Australians to switch off their sprinklers now. Since the start of May, more than 50 millimetres of rain has fallen in the metro area, including half the monthly average on Tuesday, May 4 alone, with record rainfall also across some agricultural areas. With gardens benefiting from a good soaking, if everyone across Perth-Peel switched off their sprinklers for the rest of this month - ahead of the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off - up to three billion litres of water could be saved which is enough to fill Optus Stadium three times. The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is the last date by when groundwater bore and scheme water users must switch off their reticulation. The annual water efficiency measure is effective from June 1 to August 31 across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "In Perth, our gardens guzzle more than 40 per cent of water used in the home, so when autumn delivers a bonus drenching, it pays to switch off the reticulation, as your lawn and plants don't need it. "Climate change is a reality for us all, causing drastically lower rainfall throughout the year and depleting our precious groundwater sources. "So it's imperative that we're all wise with our groundwater bore and scheme water use. "That's why I encourage Western Australians to take this opportunity to switch off now ahead of the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off deadline. Doing so will not only save you money but could help save up to three billion litres of our State's precious water." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Australia’s first leak detection dog celebrates birthday lunch at Parliament House688Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Kep the leak detection dog has discovered more than 90 non-visible 24350html6/05/2021 2:05:08 AM2021-05-06T02:00:00Z Kep the leak detection dog has discovered more than 90 non-visible leaks in regional WA, saving an estimated 880 million litres of water Water Corporation's leak detection program saved 2.7 billion litres of water in 2019-20 Australia's first leak detection dog, Kep has marked her birthday with a special lunch at Parliament House hosted by Water Minister Dave Kelly. Despite being just four years old, Kep is already a water-saving sensation. In 2019-20, her keen sense of smell discovered 36 hidden leaks across regional Western Australia, helping Water Corporation save around 197 million litres of precious water. Since joining Water Corporation in 2018, Kep and her handler Andrew Blair have surveyed 903 kilometres of water mains, discovering 92 hidden leaks and saving an estimated 880 million litres of water - equivalent to around 352 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Kep, an English springer spaniel whose name is the Noongar word for water, was trained from birth to sniff out underground leaks which can be buried more than a metre deep. She works in rural and remote areas where there are long stretches of buried pipelines and where regular acoustic leak detection methods are less effective or cost prohibitive. Kep is part of Water Corporation's non-visible leak detection program which last year inspected more than 3,700km of water mains State-wide, saving a potential 2.7 billion litres of water. Water Corporation's leak detection program is an important, proactive step taken to save our precious water supplies as we face the impacts of climate change and declining rainfall. In 2020-21, the WA Government, through Water Corporation, will invest around $76 million in water mains renewals across the State, of which $25 million will be spent in regional WA. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Leaks are a reality faced by water utilities around the world. "For Water Corporation, the challenge is all the more important given there are nearly 35,000km of water mains in Western Australia - enough to stretch across the country eight and a half times. "It's incredible that Kep can sniff out a water leak buried deep underground and help save our precious water supplies "On behalf of the State Government, I'd like to acknowledge Kep's great work and wish her a very happy birthday. "I look forward to many more years of her being Water Corporation's most loved employee." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Drone technology gives bird’s eye view of Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Survey of Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass population completed Drone 28720html21/04/2021 2:00:28 AM2021-04-21T02:00:00Z Survey of Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass population completed Drone technology used to map seagrass in inaccessible estuary areas Seagrass survey delivers key action item from Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plan The survey of the Peel-Harvey Estuary seagrass population was completed in Mandurah today with Water Minister Dave Kelly on hand to inspect the drone technology being utilised for aerial mapping. Seagrass surveys are normally carried out using an underwater camera mounted on a vessel to observe which seagrass species are present, their density and any potential signs of stress. Drone technology is also being utilised to map the distribution of seagrass in the Peel-Harvey estuary. The drone imagery will enable the mapping of estuary areas that are too shallow to access by boat. The distribution of different species of seagrass, and what condition they are in, provides important information about the overall health of an estuary and can identify local areas of concern. In the field, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) seagrass team have surveyed more than 450 locations within the 130km2 estuary over the last month, finding four species of seagrasses, including one previously unrecorded in the Peel-Harvey estuary. The survey work will also build on the capability of the department's trained drone pilots, using new software to allow for repeat surveys of the same flight paths. Drone and satellite technologies are increasingly utilised in Australia and around the world to remotely gather information - complementing more traditional field methods and informing management actions. This work is funded through the McGowan Government's Healthy Estuaries WA program, and delivers a key action under the Peel-Harvey Estuary Protection Plan which was launched in December 2020. Implementation of the protection plan will be further supported by an additional $5 million over four years announced during the recent State election - allowing for the expansion of the DWER partnership with Peel Harvey Catchment Council in fertiliser management, riverbank revegetation and related actions to reduce nutrients. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Peel-Harvey Estuary's proximity to Perth, abundant natural resources and recreational opportunities make it highly valued by the community. "Completion of this important work will help us effectively manage the health of the largest and most complex estuarine system in the south-west. "This is a great example of how we are using the latest technology to build on our existing scientific methods, and inform future management actions to protect this important waterway." Comments attributed to Dawesville MLA-elect Lisa Munday "The Peel-Harvey Estuary is very much at the heart of the Dawesville community. "I'm really proud to be part of a McGowan Government that's delivering on its commitment to protect this valuable natural asset." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "The use of drone technology is an exciting development that will provide scientists with valuable information. "This research will help us better understand and protect the Peel-Harvey Estuary, which is much loved by the people of Mandurah and the Peel." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary are the lifeblood of the Peel and Harvey regions. "From our local tourism and primary industries, to our leisure and lifestyle, the Murray-Wellington community depends upon a healthy Peel-Harvey estuary system." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water industry career in the pipeline for indigenous scholarship recipients95586Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Mental Health; Aboriginal Affairs; Industrial Relations 23550html19/04/2021 8:00:37 AM2021-04-19T08:00:00Z New scholarship program will cover education costs for Years 11 and 12, plus three years of tertiary study Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a keen interest in STEM learning and the water industry Program being rolled out by Water Corporation in partnership with Madalah LimitedAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students will have a greater opportunity to pursue a career in Western Australia's water industry, courtesy of a new Water Corporation scholarship program launched today by Water Minister Dave Kelly. Each year for the next five years, four Aboriginal students will be supported through Years 11 and 12 and three years of tertiary study under the Water Corporation Madalah Scholarship Program. Delivered in partnership with indigenous not-for-profit Madalah Limited, the program will provide $700,000 to support a total of 20 students by 2026. The financial contribution will assist with tuition and boarding fees and related expenses. Mr Kelly was on hand to congratulate the program's inaugural recipients at a special presentation event at Water Corporation today. Work placements will also be an option for the four students, including two from regional Western Australia. Each will be mentored by senior Water Corporation leaders, and given an insight into career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program sits alongside Water Corporation's Emerging Aboriginal Leadership Program and reflects its commitment to creating training and employment opportunities for indigenous Western Australians. Water Corporation currently has 181 Aboriginal employees across the State as it works towards its employment target of six per cent representation this year. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Funded by the McGowan Government, this fantastic initiative will help close the gap in educational and career opportunities for these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and open the door to an exciting career with Water Corporation. "It also supports Water Corporation's commitment to increase employment of Aboriginal people with its current target of six per cent." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Education is an important part of the pathway to employment and successful careers for indigenous students. "This welcome commitment by Water Corporation will improve higher education access, particularly for those who need to relocate from regional and remote areas." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "Financial support such as a scholarship program can be life changing, especially when you're starting a new career or study venture. "For the inaugural recipients of this program, congratulations. This is a firm investment in your future. "I wish the participants all the best with their academic development and upskilling over the coming years." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800
Financial relief for cyclone affected Western Australians95583Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services 50850html19/04/2021 12:43:14 AM2021-04-18T22:30:00Z Electricity and water support for people impacted by ex-tropical cyclone Seroja Follows cyclone recovery efforts underway including disaster assistance activation McGowan Government committed to supporting affected families and businesses The McGowan Government today announced electricity and water financial relief packages to support those affected by the devastating impacts of ex-tropical cyclone Seroja. The relief package for those impacted includes doubling Western Power's Extended Outage Payment from $80 to $160 for customers impacted by an outage or outages collectively exceeding 12 hours; waiving fees related to network connections and reconnections for people whose properties were destroyed; reconnecting electricity for existing customers and replacing damaged meters free-of-charge; waiving the cost of establishing a temporary builder supply, up to $555, for residents whose property has been destroyed; waiving supply and abolishment fees for meters at properties who may be candidates for alternative solutions (such as stand-alone power systems); Synergy and Water Corporation to pause collection activities for overdue and outstanding accounts; customers with water meter damage will have their meter replaced at no cost; customers who have lost their property will have existing and new charges waived, in addition to the waiving of water service charges (until 2022), building application fees and any service connection or disconnection fees; a major fixture waiver will be applied to impacted businesses for two water billing cycles and additional support extended to those indirectly impacted - landlords and property managers should ensure the waiver is passed onto their tenants; all Kalbarri and Northampton customers will automatically receive a 50,000 litre water use allowance, have service charges waived for 12 months and receive additional billing support as required. Around 31,800 homes and businesses were affected by the storm damage in the Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions. The cyclone's damage, which was 700 kilometres long and 150 kilometres wide, affected 20 per cent of Western Power's network - the equivalence is larger than Tasmania. Several hundred power poles, feeders and other electrical infrastructure were damaged. More than 26,800 customers have had their power restored and Western Power is working to get the remaining back on as safely and quickly as possible - for some this may take weeks. Thousands of kilometres of Water Corporation pipeline, and more than 200 water tanks, pump stations and other infrastructure across the Mid-West were impacted by the cyclone and the resulting loss of power. Water Corporation staff have been on the ground repairing storm damage and connecting dozens of generators, until power can be fully restored. Water Corporation's residential and business customers affected by ex-tropical cyclone Seroja can apply for a range of assistance measures by visiting http//www.watercorporation.com.au/serojarelief or phoning 13 13 85. For more information on the Extended Outage Payment, visit https//www.westernpower.com.au/faults-outages/make-a-claim/extended-outage Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The impacts of ex-tropical Cyclone Seroja have been devastating for our communities in the Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions. "This electricity relief package is one of the first local initiatives the McGowan Government has introduced to help these communities recover. "Repairing the electricity network is massive and the biggest ever undertaken by Western Power; thank you to the 230 staff that have been rebuilding the network in such a short time." Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The relief package for Water Corporation customers will provide additional financial assistance to communities in the Mid-West who have been hit hard by this natural disaster. "Water Corporation have been prioritising the maintenance of essential drinking water and wastewater services in the aftermath of the cyclone. "On behalf of the State Government, I'd like to thank all Water Corporation staff for all their dedication and hard work during the recovery operations." Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700 Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water Corporation board appointment95576Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Helen Creed appointed to Water Corporation board Brings considerable 32860html16/04/2021 8:05:33 AM2021-04-16T08:05:00Z Helen Creed appointed to Water Corporation board Brings considerable experience in the public and private sectors Water Minister Dave Kelly has welcomed the appointment of experienced legal administrator and former social services director Helen Creed to Water Corporation's Board of Directors. Ms Creed brings considerable experience as the former executive director of the Community Legal Centres Association of WA, and has held senior positions with the Western Australian Council of Social Services, Department of Communities, and Department of Consumer and Employment Protection. Ms Creed is also the current chairperson of Regional Early Education and Development Inc and the Victoria Park Youth Accommodation, as well as a board member for Child Australia and Children Integrated Management Services. Ms Creed has been appointed to fill the remaining vacant position on the Water Corporation's board for a three-year term. She joins Water Corporation's board alongside chairperson Ross Love, deputy chairperson David Lock, CEO Pat Donovan and directors Ross Holt, Gningala Yarran-Mark and Dr Carla Boehl. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Ms Creed brings extensive board and professional experience in the public and private sectors to the role. "Her wealth of experience in the community and social services sectors will also complement and extend the board's existing skillset, and help ensure informed decisions continue to be made in the interests of all Water Corporation stakeholders. "Ms Creed's appointment represents another important step towards increasing the representation of women on government boards, which is an important focus of the McGowan Government." Minister's office - 6552 6100
McGowan Government announces funding to help WA farmers deal with impacts of climate change20214Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home McGowan Government announces a $7.3 million infrastructure plan to 66970html3/02/2021 6:00:25 AM2021-02-03T06:00:00Z McGowan Government announces a $7.3 million infrastructure plan to upgrade and refurbish 70 community dams in the State's Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions McGowan Government secures funding for 511 water efficiency rebates for WA dry region farmers The southern half of Western Australia is being hit particularly hard by the impacts of climate change, presenting long-term water security challenges for farmers in the regions. In response, the McGowan Government makes two announcements. Firstly, the Minister for Water today announced the largest investment in community dam infrastructure in the State's history. The plan will see 70 community dams upgraded or recommissioned (and refurbished as required) in order to provide vital, non-potable water supplies to farmers during dry years. The $7.3 million program would be funded by $3.65 million from the McGowan Government, and a $3.65 million application to the Federal Government through its National Water Grid Authority. The 70 dam sites identified warrant upgrading to increase storage capacity and will provide more reliable agricultural and emergency livestock drinking water sources, especially during dry periods when on-farm supplies are depleted. This project provides a longer-term solution for WA farmers when dealing with the impacts of climate change, and will support liveable and climate resilient communities in rural WA by developing and increasing the number of non-drinking water sources for regional communities and emergency use. Secondly, the Minister for Water also announced that agreement had been reached with the Federal Government which will see 511 farmers paid in full for outstanding applications previously unfunded under the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. There was significant demand for the first round of the scheme, with over 900 farmers in WA receiving a rebate. However, indicative of the dry seasons, the first round of the scheme was significantly oversubscribed. This announcement will see around $2.8 million in rebates making its way to WA farmers who have already put in place water infrastructure and short-term solutions to help them deal with the impacts of climate change, and to address animal welfare and permanent planting water needs. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Farmers across southern Western Australia continue to be impacted by reduced rainfall and dry conditions as a result of climate change. "That's why the McGowan Government is investing the largest ever amount of funding into this visionary water infrastructure plan, that will provide part of the solution for WA farmers when dealing with the impacts of climate change. "By upgrading these 70 dams, we will increase their storage capacity and provide more reliable emergency agricultural and livestock water supplies for farmers to use during periods of dry conditions when on-farm supplies have been depleted. "I'm also very pleased to see that the McGowan Government's lobbying efforts have been successful in securing a further $2.8 million in Commonwealth Government rebates for WA farmers." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Funding round for community natural resource management now open20099Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen 56530html2/02/2021 3:04:52 AM2021-02-02T03:00:00Z $8 million available to support natural resource management projects across Western Australia Community groups have until May 17, 2021 to apply for Community Stewardship Grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000 New grants category announced to support collaborative projectsThe McGowan Government has made $8 million available under the latest State Natural Resource Management (NRM) funding round for community groups across the State who preserve and restore Western Australia's natural resources. The 2021 Community Stewardship Grants, totalling $7 million, are now open for projects which help conserve a local natural area, protect WA's biodiversity, promote regenerative agricultural practices and support the capability of NRM community groups across the State. Small grants, between $1,000 and $35,000, and large grants, between $35,001 and $450,000, are available to community and NRM groups, schools, local government authorities, Community Resource Centres, recognised biosecurity groups and Aboriginal community organisations. A new Community Collaboration Grants category, totalling $1 million, is now available to support collaborative projects targeting regenerative agriculture, conservation of biodiversity, biosecurity and invasive species management, and management plan development for more effective implementation of future works. Projects must be co-sponsored by three or more natural resource management groups, with grants of up to $500,000 available. Applications for Community Stewardship Grants close on May 17, 2021. Expressions of interest for Community Collaboration Grants close on April 5, 2021. For more information, visit http//www.nrm.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "State Natural Resource Management funds support the community-based groups and volunteers across WA who contribute their time and energy, passion, and local knowledge to conserving our flora and fauna, rehabilitating local landscapes and promoting sustainable agricultural practice. "Last year, 96 community projects from the Kimberley to the south coast received funding support a combined effort across city and country saw thousands of hectares of revegetation planted. "Regenerative agricultural projects will help the long term recovery of our soils, while Aboriginal groups have been funded for Caring for Country with many projects combining traditional and western methods to improve the landscape. "This new category recognises the valuable work groups contribute individually while giving them the opportunity to work together to tackle larger, cross regional issues that require collaboration." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Community groups are instrumental in protecting and enhancing the values of our natural resources, and this funding will go a long way to ensuring local areas are preserved and WA's biodiversity is protected. "WA's natural environment can be protected and enhanced by utilising the local knowledge and enthusiasm of community-based groups to achieve targeted and meaningful on-ground action. "The great work to be carried out through these grants will continue to improve outcomes for threatened species." Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Community groups play a vital role in preserving our unique coastlines, wetlands and rivers. "Many of the revegetation works will have a direct impact on water quality and aquatic habitats for the abundant life that relies on a healthy environment. "It's great to see such proactive projects like the Nature Conservancy's Shellfish reef restoration in the Peel-Harvey Estuary. This project looks to improve the declining health of the Peel-Harvey Estuary by building shellfish reefs to restore water quality, fisheries and biodiversity, while increasing community capacity to better manage this asset into the future." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
McGowan Government brings more roles in-house at Water Corporation20097Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the McGowan Government 49710html2/02/2021 2:31:29 AM2021-02-02T02:30:00Z 30 permanent metering services roles being created and insourced at Water Corporation Job security, upskilling and enhanced career path opportunities for meter readers Around 4.5 million visits to metro properties each year Follows 420 outsourced roles returning to the public utility last year Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the McGowan Government would be bringing a further 30 roles in-house at the Water Corporation, following the successful transfer last year of 420 employees from the private sector. In phase one, half the team responsible for reading water meters within the Perth metropolitan area will be insourced in 2021 taking up new, full-time permanent positions, as Water Corporation upskills the roles to prepare for the transition to digital metering. The field-based team makes close to 4.5 million visits to properties within the metro area each year. Water meters are read every eight weeks to ensure customers are accurately billed for their water use. The current outsourced model relies upon casual staff being paid on a per-meter-read basis. The new insourced model will provide greater security of employment, address safety concerns and allow the corporation to attract suitably skilled staff as required to digital metering. Insourcing of meter reader and associated administration roles is expected to commence in March 2021. Last year, 402 staff from two private alliances transitioned into Water Corporation's operations group in addition to 18 previously outsourced positions within its operational technology team. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "As the State continues its strong recovery from COVID-19, the McGowan Government is demonstrating its commitment to creating secure, permanent jobs by bringing these important roles in-house. "For many customers, the meter readers are the public face of Water Corporation, visiting around 17,500 properties a day in the Perth metro area. "By upskilling these roles and developing a talent pipeline into the organisation, it will help enhance the customer experience, while building Water Corporation's capability as it transitions to digital metering." Minister's office - 6552 6100