NSW councils come together to weigh-up water issues

WATER WAYS: LGNSW chief Kylie Yates and president Linda Scott in Armidale for the water conference. Photo: Steve Green
WATER WAYS: LGNSW chief Kylie Yates and president Linda Scott in Armidale for the water conference. Photo: Steve Green

THE state’s local councils have come together in Armidale to tackle sustainability issues as water management becomes front of mind.

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) kicked off its water management conference with a focus on the latest policy initiatives, trends and emerging issues.

Armidale Regional Council mayor Simon Murray said the current conditions across the state highlighted the importance of prudent water management.

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“The drought that continues to grip the state is a stark reminder of the great importance of effective and innovative water management to protect supplies for NSW households and business,” Cr Murray said.

The event attracted delegates from NSW and interstate, including councillors and general managers, water managers and professionals, policy makers from government agencies and key industry stakeholders.

LGNSW president Linda Scott also said it was a critical time to find innovative water management schemes at a local government level.

“With communities across regional NSW struggling with the impacts of drought, it’s more important than ever to seize this opportunity to network with peers, exchange ideas about how to manage our precious water reserves and learn more about the latest developments in policy and technology,” Cr Scott said.

“We’ll discuss the future of urban water reform, hear case studies on emerging technologies and local infrastructure, consider how to manage sustained periods of drought better, and find options for domestic water supply in non-reticulated areas.”

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