Department programs recognised at Premier's Awards
Released 10 Dec 2015
Two Department of Water programs were finalists in the prestigious annual Premier’s Awards announced recently.
The Rural Water Plan was nominated in the ‘Revitalising the Regions’ category for its work developing community and farm water self-sufficiency in the dryland regions of the State.
The North West corridor water supply strategy, developed in partnership with the City of Wanneroo, was a finalist in the ‘Managing the Environment’ category.
A/Director General Mike Rowe said that recognition of the department’s work among strong competition was an outstanding achievement.
“We don’t think of awards when we do this work, but it is worthy recognition for both project teams to be finalists for completing these long term, complex, partnership projects.
“In case of the Rural Water Planning team their dedication is incredible and they often travel several thousand kilometres throughout the rural areas each year developing the community and farm water capacity projects which have such a positive impact on local communities.”
The Rural Water Plan has contributed $4.7million to over 100 projects since 1996 through Community Water Supply Program (CWSP), and a further $4.7 million in rebates since 2009 through the Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme and Farm Water Rebate Scheme.
Mike also acknowledged staff from the Swan Avon Region and several Science and Planning branches and sections that had worked together to develop the North West corridor water supply strategy.
“The cooperation between the department team and the City of Wanneroo was a major factor in the strategy’s success,” he said.
The strategy was developed in response to the water needs for public open space (POS) in the North West urban development growth corridor located along the coast from Quinns Rocks to Yanchep in the City of Wanneroo.
The strategy arranges for sufficient water to support the creation of playing fields and public open spaces for community sport and recreation.
It also supports water sensitive urban designed communities that minimise water use on non-active open space areas such as verges and streetscapes and maximise water use on active turf areas needed for sport and recreation.
Contact: Sarah Lau
Phone: 6364 7549