This document, and the second iteration to follow, provides the Concerned Waterways Alliance’s response to the ‘discussion draft’ of the Central and Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy (SWS).
The ‘Alliance’ is a semi-formal group of community organisations and non-government organisations that came together in 2021 in order to campaign for strong outcomes from the SWS that meet the mounting crisis of lack of water availability for the environment and water ecosystem health.
This document sets out what we propose should be included in the SWS as a matter of key policy considerations, bearing in mind that it will be implemented over ten years. Our response aims to target actions, programs and framing at a level of detail comparable to that of the ‘discussion draft’.
We propose the SWS prioritise strong ecosystem health outcomes rather than treat environmental outcomes as contingent on urban water supply solutions.
You can read or download the full response below.