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Water management survey open

News release
21 September 2018

The South East Natural Resources Management Board and the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board are seeking community input on a new Drainage and Wetlands Strategy.

The South East’s surface water management system consists of thousands of kilometres of public and private drains, floodways, wetlands and water courses. Recognising this, the SE NRM Board and the SEWCD Board are working together to develop a Drainage and Wetlands Strategy for the region.

It will help managers of land and water in the region to better understand the challenges and opportunities of surface water management.

South East Natural Resources Management Board Presiding Member Fiona Rasheed said the boards are currently drafting the strategy, and are looking for community involvement.

“We know water is essential to life and productivity,” Ms Rasheed said.

“It can also be a challenge in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Through consultations and surveys, the community has shown that it really values our unique wetlands and wants to protect those that are left. To support primary production, the community also prioritises managing inundation through the drainage network and wants to see retention of water in the landscape to maximise groundwater recharge in the region. We need to consider how to achieve all of these objectives across our landscapes.

“The survey opened earlier this month and we have received a lot of interesting responses from the community. Please take this opportunity to contribute to this important piece of work.”

The survey is accessible via the link below and is open until 30 September 2018. For more information contact the water planning team 87351177.