A water literate and engaged community is a vital requirement to achieve political support for the change in policy and practice needed to facilitate our transition to water sensitive cities.

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) researchers will share their latest findings on this broad topic at a City of Unley forum run by Water Sensitive SA on Thursday 25 August. Research will be presented from three CRCWSC projects: Understanding social processes to achieve water sensitive futures (Project A2.1), Accelerating transitions to water sensitive cities by influencing behaviour (Project A2.2) and Engaging communities with water sensitive cities (Project A2.3).

Presentations by these researchers will provide greater understanding of current levels of water literacy across different socio-demographic groups and geographic regions in Australia, and guidance on strategies to engage with community members on issues of water sensitivity.

The event will cater to local government, natural resource managers, and water utilities practitioners with a role in strategic planning, sustainability, communications and marketing, and community engagement.

Presentations include:

- Community knowledge about water and water terminology and why this is important – Dr Angela Dean

- A process for prioritising household behaviours based on water-saving impact and likelihood of uptake – Dr Paula Wright

- Engaging  everyone  in the transition to Water Sensitive Cities – Paul Satur

- Community perceptions about stormwater management and water sensitive urban design – Dr Angela Dean.

The event is on 25 August from 12:30pm to 3:00pm at City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley, South Australia.

This is a free event, however, registration is essential as numbers are limited.

Last updated: 11th Jul 2016