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Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community

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Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community

Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community

Marrickville can become a water sensitive community by Council, local residents and businesses working together in partnership.

Strategy for a Water Sensitive CommunityThe Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community aims to move current urban water management in Marrickville to a more sustainable and flexible approach that promotes liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable communities. The Strategy will be enabled through the initiative, support and actions of Council and a Water Sensitive Community.

A water sensitive community has a range of water sources to rely on. Its built environment benefits and supports the functions of the natural environment and helps tackle the effects of climate change. People, business, and governments work well together and support an ecologically sustainable lifestyle (adapted from Wong and Brown, 2009).

A water sensitive community:

  • can supply water from within its catchment;
  • provides ecosystem services through green infrastructure; and
  • makes plans, decisions and designs that are water sensitive.

Four implementation strategies in the Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community will direct Marrickville towards becoming a Water Sensitive Community. Each strategy has an action plan as detailed in the Marrickville Action Plan for a Water Sensitive Community. Over the next ten years, the work under these strategies will address the many complex issues relating to sustainable urban water management (SUWM) in Marrickville.

To become a water sensitive community, Council has developed the following strategies:

  • Reduce the use of potable mains water in homes, businesses, Council facilities and public spaces.
  • Manage the stormwater system and its impacts on the urban environment.
  • Support regional projects to improve the health of the Cooks River, Botany Bay, Lower Parramatta River, Sydney Harbour and their catchments.
  • Implement sustainable urban water management.

Marrickville can become a water sensitive community by Council, local residents and businesses working together in partnership.

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