Shire of Mundaring recently held its first ever Water Sensitive Cities Index benchmarking workshop.
The workshop was attended by several catchment group members and local experts as well as Shire staff from different services, Councillor Kate Driver, staff from the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council and a member of the Shire's Environmental Advisory Committee.
Representatives from Water Corporation, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, and Department of Health also took part.
The Shire's Co-ordinator of Environmental Sustainability Briony Moran said workshop participants were asked to use an online voting tool to score the Shire on 34 indicators.
"They include water governance, flood risk management, adaptable infrastructure, efficiency, community engagement, water in open spaces and ecological health," Ms Moran said.
"It was the first time so many different groups and government departments had come together to focus on local water issues. Only collectively can we protect watercourses and water resources for the future."
Perth's changing climate means local governments are required to look beyond traditional stormwater management and water conservation measures. In response, the Waterwise Council program has recently been expanded to align with the Water Sensitive Cities Index.
"Shire of Mundaring appreciates Water Corporation's support in providing Waterwise Council Initiatives Funding towards this important benchmarking process," Ms Moran said.
The Shire is conducting a survey to find out which water sources residents rely on and what their concerns are. Residents are encouraged to participate by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDLLD98
The Shire expects to use the survey results together with the Water Sensitive Cities Index report to improve overall water management.