ABA100 awards recognise WA river protection
Released 12 Aug 2016
Technical expertise developed by the Department of Water to manage West Australia’s inland waterways has been recognised with two ABA100 Awards.
The department was an ABA100 Winner in the Sustainability and Project Management categories of the Australian Business Awards 2016.
Department of Water Director General Mike Rowe said the Sustainability award for the South West Index of River Condition recognised the work achieved by the department and its predecessors in developing the tools and approaches to successfully manage the State’s rivers and estuaries.
“Assessment of the values, threats and condition of our waterways is a core element of the department’s function, and helps us determine the requirements to support our aquatic environments while regulating water use and managing the impacts of land use and climate,” Mr Rowe said.
“The South West Index of River Condition (SWIRC) provides us with an ecologically robust and accurate assessment protocol to determine and adapt best practice for sustainable management of waterways.”
Mr Rowe said the Project Management award for the Urban waterways renewal projectwas an example of how partnerships and good project management make real and long-lasting contributions to the Western Australian urban waterways.
“This project involves refurbishment of existing drainage lines into living streams to improve water quality in the Swan-Canning Riverpark, and involved a partnership with South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL), Water Corporation, Swan River Trust, and the cities of Canning, Gosnells and Armadale.
“The Department of Water provides expertise, advice and technical guidance on issues influencing successful water management in urban and agricultural landscapes, advising on water resources, drainage, flood management, waterway protection and water services.
“This is a real community partnership, and one of the most significant urban water projects ever managed by the department and delivered by a community group and improves water resilience, sustainability and liveability in our cities and towns.”
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