Hunter Water to convene new Community Liaison Group to help shape water security strategy

ROBUST REVIEW: Hunter Water wants to understand the community's views on dams, desalination plants, stormwater harvesting and water conservation measures. Picture: Supplied
ROBUST REVIEW: Hunter Water wants to understand the community's views on dams, desalination plants, stormwater harvesting and water conservation measures. Picture: Supplied

HUNTER Water is seeking Lake Macquarie residents with an interest in the region's water security, and views on how that might best be achieved.

The water authority is calling for expressions of interest for a new Community Liaison Group (CLG), which will help inform and shape the region's long-term water future.

The CLG has been established as part of Hunter Water's review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, which will ensure the sustainable supply of water in the long term, as well as during times of drought.

Water resilience program director Emma Berry said Hunter Water was looking for a broad range of community views, to understand their values and priorities for potential supply and demand option types.

"We know that water is fundamental to our community, not only to ensure people's health and wellbeing, but to provide liveability outcomes through green open spaces and areas for recreation," Ms Berry said.

"We're currently undertaking a robust review of the Lower Hunter Water Plan, alongside our partners in the NSW Government and at Central Coast Council.

RESERVOIR: Grahamstown Dam is currently at 62.5 per cent of capacity, and the region is on Level 1 water restrictions. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

RESERVOIR: Grahamstown Dam is currently at 62.5 per cent of capacity, and the region is on Level 1 water restrictions. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

"As part of this review, we're seeking to understand our community's values and attitudes to different option types including water conservation, dams, desalination, groundwater, recycling, stormwater harvesting and water sharing.

"The CLG forms an important part of this process, as we explore the options in more detail to understand their technical feasibility, the environmental and social aspects as well as estimated costs.

"The CLG will enable us to have ongoing two-way conversations and engagement with our community, and to provide us with valuable feedback on behalf of the communities or groups they represent."

Membership is open to anyone who lives in the six local government areas that Hunter Water serves.

While not a necessity, applicants may also have interests in areas such as environment and sustainability, urban planning, business and industry or specific neighbourhood and community groups.

"We encourage interested people to apply now by filling out a simple form online," Ms Berry said.

"Water belongs to all of us, and it's important we work together to help shape our long-term future."

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

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