The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) congratulates the City of Greater Geraldton on the endorsement of the Water Planning and Management Strategy, which was adopted by an absolute majority of the Council on 27 May 2014.

The Water Planning and Management Strategy aims to facilitate “a sustainable water future for the City of Greater Geraldton that utilises smart technologies to build a liveable green community which values efficient water use and is resilient to climate change.” It represents a significant step in the region’s transition to become water sensitive. Councillor Jerry Clune noted in moving the recommendation that “Water is our most precious resource. This strategy gives City of Greater Geraldton a vision and direction for the community for today and future generations.”

Last year, the CRCWSC and the City of Greater Geraldton collaboratively facilitated the Water is Everything Summit, held in Geraldton in August 2013. This summit attracted over 200 participants from the region, representing a range of stakeholder and partner organisations, and also the community of water-users in the area, and was a key step in the journey to develop the Water Planning and Management Strategy.

On moving the recommendation, Councillor Jerry Clune said:

I participated as a community member at the Water is Everything Summit. It is clear that Geraldton is on its way to achieving our community’s vision towards a water sensitive city with support from the City’s partnership with the CRCWSC initiative.

The Water Planning and Management Strategy, along with supporting documents, can be viewed online here.