Creating a water sensitive New South Wales
The harbours, rivers, and coastlines of New South Wales (NSW) represent an iconic image of the urban Australian lifestyle in which water plays a central role. And yet NSW’s water sources are becoming increasingly vulnerable to pollution, climate variability, and growing demand for water resources. Rapid population growth underway in urban centres such as Western Sydney is contributing to challenges within a complex and fragmented water sector. Integrated planning and leadership are central to a water sensitive future that includes liveable, sustainable, and resilient towns and cities for NSW. Indeed the State Governments’ A Plan for Growing Sydney, and the formation of the Greater Sydney commission have potential to provide the direction, goals, and leadership to achieve a water sensitive NSW.