Council adopts “important” water management plan

A new and “extremely important” water management plan, which includes plans for wetland treatment to be integrated into Lake Victoria, and considers how water can be managed to deliver community benefits, has been endorsed by the Central Goldfields Shire Council.

The draft Maryborough Integrated Water Management Plan, produced by Central Highlands Water in partnership with Central Goldfields Shire and North Central Catchment Management Authority, examines the “whole urban water cycle”, including the management of stormwater, wastewater, water supplies and waterways.

Moved by administrator Karen Douglas at last month’s ordinary council meeting, the plan also considers how community benefits including enhanced amenity, greener open spaces and how improved recreational opportunities can be delivered through water management.

The plan identifies six focus areas for integrated water management in Maryborough, including creating governance and delivery structures to support the integrated water management plan, harnessing stormwater for healthier streets, greening station domain as a key community asset, creating a resilient and local alternative water supply network, improving Lake Victoria for recreation and amenity and the continual improvement of waterways and flood management.

“It’s an extremely important document that we have here and it will be a guiding plan for getting better use for our water,” Ms Douglas said.

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