The City of Cockburn has been recognised as a Waterwise Council for the 10th consecutive year by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Water Corporation.
At yesterday’s Waterwise Councils awards the City was gifted with a blue bench to commemorate this accomplishment. The bench will be installed at one of our waterwise project sites.
The City's Sustainability and Water Projects Officer, Lisa Brideson said that water is a highly valued resource that runs at the heart of the City of Cockburn.
“As a local government, we have a responsibility to manage our water efficiently and employ sustainable practices to protect this precious resource for our community.
“Being recognised as a Waterwise Council for the 10th consecutive year is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and stakeholders in achieving this goal," said Ms Brideson.
Over the past decade, the City has implemented a multitude of l waterwise projects to foster efficient water management and conservation. These include:
- Diverting stormwater to public open space to reduce nutrients reaching the Port Coogee Marina waters
- Achieving International Clean Marina accreditation
- Implementing Water Sensitive Urban Design along the Cockburn shoreline
- Hydro-zoning numerous parks
- Upgrading the local Lakelands Hockey Club to include a waterwise demonstration garden and improved waterwise features in its clubrooms.
- Cleaning up Port Coogee with permanent hydrocarbon booms and installation of sea bins
As part of the City's Sustainability Policy, all civic infrastructure projects are required to allocate 3% of the project budget to Environmentally Sustainable Design.
The City has also conducted verge improvement workshops, implemented wheelchair access at beaches, increased rain gardens between drainage pits, and installed underground storage cells in Picotee Park to further promote efficient water management.
“We would like to thank all our stakeholders and residents for their support in achieving this milestone, and we look forward to implementing many more waterwise initiatives into the future," said Ms Brideson.