Enabling Water Sensitive Communities

In late 2019, ISJO was successful in securing a grant from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and LGNSW as part of the Increasing Resilience to Climate Change program. The $204,000 grant funding ISJO has received is being used to implement a 2 year regional program titled "Enabling Water Sensitive Communities". 

Enabling Water Sensitive Communities

The Enabling Water Sensitive Communities Program aims to increase the uptake and success of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) systems commissioned across the rapidly urbanising areas of the Illawarra Shoalhaven region. In turn, this will reduce the pressure development places on the regions catchments, streams and coastal lagoons.

The program will enable coordination and collaboration to develop a regional WSUD Policy with ISJO's four member Councils across the Illawarra Shoalhaven. The program will also focus on capacity building for Council staff in the planning, implementation and maintenance of WSUD stormwater and water reuse systems.

In addition, the program seeks to address one of the priority water pathways identified in the SIERA climate change vulnerability study https://climatechange.environment.nsw.gov.au/Adapting-to-climate-change/Regional-vulnerability-and-assessment/Illawarra-Shoalhaven

The water pathways identify the changes required in all aspects of the water system to mitigate and adapt to climate change, from catchment management through to potable water supply. This project intends to increase the uptake and successes of WSUD systems from a practical perspective, particularly in rapidly urbanising areas of the region which in turn, will reduce the pressure development places on the region’s catchments, streams and coastal lagoons.

Brief Program Plan

Stage 1 (Completed)

Project establishment and Discovery

In this stage the Project Coordinator will collect information and tools relevant to the project, establish a project network, set network goals and targets and organise project activities and processes.

Surveys, data collection and benchmarking

Stage 2 (in Progress)

Capacity building for Councils

Climate change and water management literacy

Training and sharing knowledge

Case studies outside of the region and within in the region

Stage 3 (In Progress)

WSUD Regional Policy Development

Coordination across all stakeholders

Develop resources and technical guides

Partnerships for projects and best practice WSUD in the region

Illawarra Shoalhaven Water Sensitive Regional Framework

Stage 4

Organisational Capacity Building

Building effectiveness of regional policy in member Councils

Facilitate improvements to each Councils development policies

Policy performance measures