Get involved - local councils
Collectively, local councils are the most substantial investors regarding environmental management in Australia as their responsibilities include issues that can affect water quality.
Waterwatch and local councils have a long history of successful partnerships.
Waterwatch can offer local councils:
- the strength of a national network of water quality monitoring expertise
- a tool to enhance community involvement in councils environmental management programs
- a proven and scientifically supported water quality testing methodology
- access to an active and committed group of community members
- a central on-line database that can be used by councils to store their own water quality test results in a publicly accessible water quality database
- access to community collected water quality data, used by numerous councils in environment (SoE) reports
There are many examples of very successful local government involvement in Waterwatch across Australia including:
- sponsoring of equipment for use by local groups
- targeted testing by Waterwatch groups linked to council projects
- the use of Waterwatch data and local activities in State of the Environment (SoE) reporting
- joint community education programs
- joint partnerships in obtaining grant funding
- staging of events e.g. World Environment Day, National Water Week
- community participation in local environmental planning.
For more information on partnerships with Waterwatch, contact your local Waterwatch coordinator.
Page last updated: 26 February 2011