MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has invited community feedback on its approach to planning and managing water in the face of climate change and population growth.
With the green wedge covering 70 per cent of its land area and 192 kilometres of coastline, water and land management plays an important role in the peninsula’s community, economy and environment.
The draft integrated water management plan aims to enhance the peninsula’s water supplies by using alternative water resources, such as rainwater and stormwater, to irrigate and drought proof green open spaces; protect the health of waterways, wetlands and bays; reduce flood risks; increase sewerage connections and improve septic management; connect people with waterways, wetlands and green spaces, and use recycled water in agriculture.
The draft plan aims to address climate change, urbanisation, population growth, greater demands for food and changing land use. It aims to bring together the shire, partners in water management, and communities, in overcoming challenges in line with local and state government directions.
“Climate change, population growth and urbanisation are presenting challenges to water management,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said. “Through our draft integrated water management plan we’re aiming to take on the challenges ahead to make sure our peninsula is thriving, healthy and resilient.”
Community consultation closes Sunday 17 October.
To complete an online form and to view the draft plan visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/waterplan
Email submissions with the subject line Integrated Water Management Plan to: firstname.lastname@example.org