The CRCWSC’s Western Region, headed by regional manager Emma Yuen, hosted a workshop and networking event on water and wellbeing for local industry practitioners in late July. It was held in partnership with the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), which is part of UWA.
The workshop focused on water sensitive cities from the perspective of health and wellbeing, particularly within the Western Australian context.
Participants learnt about how a water sensitive city supports the people living in it. They considered the social, economic and environmental benefits, including social capital and health outcomes from reduced heat and access to green space.
The region’s cultural context was a key feature of the discussions. Participants gained greater understanding of the Nyoongar connection to water, the cultural water values in and around the Swan River, and what non-Indigenous people can learn from the Nyoongar perspective. The workshop also covered the post-European settlement history of the Swan River.
This important local event gave participants the opportunity to understand why water sensitive cities are important for their citizens.