Community engagement

Input from the community has played a vital role in the ACT Healthy Waterways Project since it commenced two years ago.

The project team initially identified over 500 potential sites across six priority catchments. A panel (including technical experts and community representatives) evaluated the list and the sites were prioritised according to cost and feasibility as well as the potential for improved water quality and increased amenity.

As a result, the list was reduced to 188 (178 infrastructure and 10 in-lake projects) and the design team developed concept plans for each site ahead of the first round of community consultation in July 2015.

Comments were received from a range of different sources, including experts in the field, community groups and people who attended the six catchment-based drop-in sessions.

The feedback received helped shape the next steps in the process: the development of preliminary plans for 24 priority projects, 12 reserve project and in-lake research.

At drop-in sessions during September 2016, visitors could view the preliminary sketch plans, talk with the design team and provide feedback. The plans were also available online on the Your Say website (from 22 August) and the community invited to comment.

More than 3000 people either attended one of the six drop-in session or visited the ACT Government’s YourSay website to view the plans released last year. We know from feedback received, the infrastructure projects are well supported. Canberrans love our lakes and rivers and have a keen interest in improving water quality. More information can be found in the Consultation Report (PDF 1.85MB).

With the design phase consultation now complete, work is underway to prepare plans for development approval. This process includes a consultation period which offers another opportunity for members of the community to comment on the proposed infrastructure. Follow the status of each project as well as comment on development applications currently notified.