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A living stream project to turn functional into
A collaborative project to turn a stormwater drain in a popular
Ferndale park into a living stream is about to begin in the City of
The Lambertia Creek Living Stream project is part of an exciting
new approach by government agencies to combine their expertise
to create a more livable, greener city.
The City of Canning plans to convert the Water Corporation’s open
stormwater drain running through Lambertia Creek Park into a
living stream, to provide the community with a more attractive and
environmentally valuable asset.
The work will be undertaken by the City of Canning, and
the project includes a $25,000 contribution from the Water
Corporation to contour, revegetate and improve the natural
habitat of the drain to mimic a natural stream. The funding is part
of the Drainage for Liveability Program, jointly developed by the
Water Corporation and Department of Water and Environmental
The City of Canning will also coordinate a series of community
events to plant 25,000 seedlings on site through a $50,000 grant
from the State Natural Resource Management Program. The City
is contributing $25,000 in funding and $20,000 in-kind support.
The South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) is
also supporting the project.
Increased transparency for water quality
TasWater customers will soon have access to monthly
water quality data specific to their area, in a move to
provide more regular reporting to the public than ever seen
before in Tasmania.
Mike Brewster, CEO, TasWater, says the organisation is
leading the way towards greater transparency and improved
access to comprehensive water quality data. ‘In this age
of information, it’s important for corporations like ours to
provide our customers with the information they want to
‘TasWater has heard the feedback from our customers, and
from the end of this year we will improve the provision of
water quality information to our customers to include the
raw data from testing water supplies.
‘TasWater produces 196 million litres of drinking water
every day, which needs to be continuously monitored at
every step – from the catchment area to the treatment
plants and finally in the pipe network. To do this, TasWater
collects and analyses approximately 190,000 water
samples every year.
‘This represents an enormous amount of data that we
currently summarise for our customers in a quarterly water
quality report, available on our website. The new reports
will be monthly, and [will] include more information. This
increased reporting represents a significant investment
by TasWater to improve information accessibility for its
customers. The new data will be available on the TasWater
website for a trial period of 12 months, where it will be
monitored and assessed for usage. Customer feedback will
continue to play a vital role in the provision of this data.
‘TasWater’s highest priority is the safety of our customers,
and we consistently perform quality tests on our drinking
water systems to ensure that any risk to public health is
detected and communicated in a timely way,’ Brewster says.
‘We have listened to our customers, and will provide the
water quality information they want to see, improving our
transparency with more data publicly available than ever
before in Tasmania.’
2018 Twinning Program kicks off
The 2018 Victorian Waterway Management Twinning Program
kicked off with an inception workshop in Portland.
The Waterway Management Twinning Program is a structured
mentoring program, focusing on improving the on-ground delivery of
current Victorian waterway projects.
The 2018 program has participants from Department of Economic,
Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Catchment Management
Authorities, Landcare, Water Corporations, Murray–Darling Basin
Authority, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, local
councils and the private sector. Glenelg Hopkins Catchment
Management Authority (CMA) and the Australian River Restoration
Centre led the workshop and hosted the participants out on the
Lower Glenelg River. Mentors and mentees got to really work on their
partnerships while paddling in a canoe!
The program is funded through the Regional Riparian Action
Plan, and is part of the $222 million committed through Water for
Victoria to improve the health of waterways and catchments across
Victoria. The Regional Riparian Action Plan delivers on Water for
Victoria Action 3.4 – to provide long-term investment to improve
waterway health – and the DELWP-funded scholarships for
a Landcare or community group participant and an Aboriginal
Victorian to take part in the Twinning Program are just part of
DELWP’s work on Action 3.8 – to support community partnerships.
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