Local government

Supporting governments to create cities that are liveable, resilient and sustainable by enabling the transition to water sensitive cities.

Many Australian cities and towns are facing water related issues—and many local governments are searching for new ways to tackle them. At the same time, many councils share the vision for water sensitive cities, but need help making the transition.

We can help governments address water related issues such as:

  • creating communities that can withstand the increasing stresses to infrastructure, environment, economy, society and culture
  • maintaining healthy green public spaces with scarce water
  • planning and zoning to account for changes in flood risk
  • building the will and resources for change.

We have research, tools, resources and subject matter experts that can help you:

  • define a shared vision and plan for collective action on water that involves all stakeholders
  • find the know-how to implement your city or town’s water sensitive approaches
  • ensure social and political will
  • mitigate the economic risks of investing in new infrastructure and technologies
  • plan for climate change so the future is more certain.

No matter the issue, we can offer expert advice, capacity building support, services, tools, products and advocacy.

Tony Wong speaks at South African conference

Our CEO, Professor Tony Wong, was a keynote speaker at the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) conference on 24–27 June in Cape Town. Tony presented his keynote address ‘Integrated water management, water sensitive cities and liveability’ on the conference opening day. He looked at urban water challenges in Australia during the period of the Millennium Drought, and the floods that broke that drought, and how many Australian cities have prepared to strengthen the resilience of Australian cities to future climatic challenges. He reflected on some of the lessons from that period and developed some key messages that could guide…

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Last updated: 3rd Jul 2019