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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 9, August - September 2007

100 Australian Local Governments are Committed to the Water Campaign™

The City of Cockburn (Australia) recently became the 100th council to join the Water Campaign™ in Australia. Water Campaign™ participants in Australia are committed to achieving sustainable water management through water conservation, exploring alternative water sources and improving water quality impacts on receiving waters. Water Campaign™ participants are setting goals, developing plans and achieving on the ground improvements in water management through their operations and working with their communities. The Water Campaign™ is a voluntary capacity building program that supports councils to address water resource management through a performance-based milestone framework. Water Campaign™ councils receive ongoing support and technical information to build their capacity to address water quality and water conservation issues in their daily operations, and in the community in the long-term. The Water Campaign™ was introduced and piloted in Australia in 2002 with the assistance of five ICLEI member councils: the Shire of Sutherland and the Cities of Melbourne, Mitcham, Port Phillip and Wollongong. Since this time the Water Campaign™ has grown with the support of its partners; the Australian Government, the Government of Western Australia, the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water. The recently launched Water Campaign™ Actions Profile highlights actions undertaken by 13 Water Campaign™ participants from New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, encompassing diverse council locations and population sizes. The actions outlined in this publication are highly transferable and provide examples of how local governments are approaching sustainable water management. The featured actions demonstrate some of the tangible contributions local governments are making to water resource management: from the development of design guidelines to innovative irrigation approaches and directly engaging communities. To download a copy of the publication go to http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=6561 For further information please visit the Water Campaign™ website at www.iclei.org/oceania/water