Hunter Water is calling for expressions of interest for a new Community Liaison Group (CLG), which will help inform and shape the region’s long-term water future.
The CLG has been established as part of Hunter Water’s review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, which will ensure the sustainable supply of water in the long term, as well as during times of drought.
Water Resilience Program Director, Emma Berry, said Hunter Water was looking for a broad range of community views to understand their values and priorities for potential supply and demand option types.
“We know that water is fundamental to our community, not only to ensure people’s health and wellbeing, but to provide liveability outcomes through green open spaces and areas for recreation,” she said.
“We’re currently undertaking a robust review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, alongside our partners in the NSW Government and at Central Coast Council. As part of this review, we’re seeking to understand our community’s values and attitudes to different option types including water conservation, dams, desalination, groundwater, recycling, stormwater harvesting and water sharing.”
The CLG will form an important part of this process, helping to explore options in more detail as well as assess the environmental, technical, financial and social aspects of the future, Emma explained.
“The CLG will enable us to have an ongoing two-way conversations and engagement with our community, and to provide us with valuable feedback on behalf of the communities or groups they represent,” she continued.
Membership will be open to anyone who lives in the six Local Government Areas that the Hunter Water services.
Local members who are interested in areas such as environmental sustainability, urban planning and local business are encouraged to fill in an application.
“We encourage interested people to apply now by filling out a simple form online. Water belongs to all of us, and it’s important we work together to help shape our long-term future,” Emma concluded.
Applications for a position on the CLG will be accepted by Hunter Water until positions are filled.
IMAGE | Hunter Water encourage local community members to join CLG to help save water resources.
Hunter Water is a State Owned Corporation (SOC), which provides drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to a population of almost 600,000 people in homes and businesses across the Lower Hunter.
It manages an asset base of more than $2.5 billion worth of infrastructure, including 10,000 kilometres of water and sewer mains.
Hunter Water is working to enable the sustainable growth of the region and the life its communities desire, with high quality, affordable services.