Our goals for sustainable water management.
Australia is continually battling drought - and as our population grows, temperatures rise and rainfall becomes less predictable. We all need to conserve water during our use in our homes, schools and businesses.
The CSIRO (2009) predicts that the hydrological cycle is speeding up. That means more frequent and extreme floods and droughts in many parts of the world. Council is addressing this with an Integrated Water Management Plan specific to our shire, Domestic Waster Water Management Plan and ongoing water quality management of our natural water ways.
Mansfield Shire Council is responsible for:
- Urban stormwater management
- Parks and gardens management
- Onsite domestic wastewater management
- Urban planning Building and planning approvals
Long term goals
Healthy waterways, wetlands and lakes and access to safe, secure and affordable water supplies.
Council actions as per Environment Strategy
- Finalise and implement icon projects and key actions from the Mansfield Township Integrated Water Management (IWM) Plan.
- Provide training for developers and Council’s works staff on operation and maintenance of WSUD assets.
- Advocate for the provision of a reticulated sewage schemes in Gough’s Bay, Macs Cove and Jamieson that utilises connection to existing septic systems.
- Support community led action to improve waterway health including water quality, biodiversity and riparian stabilisation of urban waterways.
- Provide in-kind support to landholders and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to improve biodiversity and water quality outcomes for rural waterways.
- Review planning schemes and decisions to protect water resources and assets.
- Advocate for ongoing river quality monitoring.
- Build partnerships with traditional owners and community groups to improve waterway management.
How can the community support sustainable water management?
- Consider innovative approaches to maximise water use efficiency in agricultural lands.
- Install residential water tanks and adopt water saving behaviours.
- Increase the use of recycled water and stormwater for commercial, residential and industrial use.
- Establish local river quality monitoring networks and share crowd-sourced data online.
- Undertake to understand the cultural significance of our Shire’s waterways to Traditional Owners.
- Support businesses that use recycled water.
- Join Landcare or community based environmental group to protect our Shire’s waterways.