Waterwise Perth Action Plan
A waterwise Perth is cool, liveable, green and sustainable – a place where people want to live, work and spend their time.
The Waterwise Perth Action Plan sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030.
Western Australia used to get 420 billion litres of water running into our dams each year, but with climate change significantly reducing rainfall since the mid-1970s, we can now expect just 25 billion litres.
This Action Plan calls on everyone in the community to play a role. State Government, councils, industry, individual businesses and households are all required to help secure our water future and reduce per person water use in Perth to 110KL a person per year.
By simply reducing per person water use in Perth from 126KL to 110KL we will save 32 billion litres of water per year - enough to fill Optus Stadium 32 times over.
The two-year plan sets the groundwork to respond to the impacts of climate change on Perth’s water supplies and meet the water needs for a growing population.
It outlines the actions we will take in the first two years of this journey and establishes a solid foundation for the successive plans needed to achieve our 2030 targets. To ensure Perth can remain a beautiful, green and liveable city, we must act now to be more waterwise.
The actions in the plan are set out at different scales; from household to precinct, suburb and city scale. It also includes actions Government will take as a driver and leader for change. Each scale lists a number of actions that will contribute to achieving change:
Delivering the Waterwise Perth Action Plan
This two-year action plan is a 10-year journey. Transitioning to a leading waterwise city means changing the way we manage water in our urban landscape between now and 2030. This change can only be delivered by the joint efforts of State and local government, traditional owners, the community and urban development industry.
The action plan was drawn from the ideas and actions from over 200 stakeholders from all sectors provided through consultation during 2018. It is an across Government approach with commitments from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; Department of Communities; Department of Finance; Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; DevelopmentWA; METRONET and Water Corporation. Ongoing consultation, design and testing of new actions will be carried out in collaboration with the already established and involved Water Sensitive Transition Network. This is a group of leaders from across State and local government, industry, research and community organisations, working together to support Perth’s transition to a waterwise city. We will also continue our relationships with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and other innovators.
Co-design of policy and actions
We recognise that many people from community, industry and local government organisations are already leading the way in waterwise practice. These groups experience water challenges, and work within the current policy and planning framework every day. We will involve them in policy development to ensure that we achieve improved waterwise outcomes, but avoid creating unnecessary red tape or impacts on housing affordability. Therefore we will take a ‘co-design’ approach to policy and action development and invite parties to participate in the design, development and testing of new approaches. We will seek to increase our engagement and involve Noongar people, who are the original stewards of this landscape and its water.
Monitoring success and adapting our action
As successive action plans will be needed to achieve the targets by 2030, an annual report card on progress will be developed. Successful implementation of this action plan will be measured by:
- the delivery of the actions
- progress towards the 2030 targets
- progress on increasing Perth’s rating on the internationally recognised Water Sensitive Cities Benchmarking Index.
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