The community feels strongly about the importance of their role in securing Sydney’s water supply. This is demonstrated by the Community Planning Principle: ensure government and community take joint responsibility for water management. This is one of several Community Planning Principles developed by the community that help guide water planning for greater Sydney.
The Water for Life Education and Engagement program is an integrated part of water planning for Sydney. It supports, engages and encourages the greater Sydney community to play their part.
Water for Life has a focus on the following key areas:
- community consultation to provide opportunities for the community to provide input to the decision-making process and engage them in water management planning
- social research - to explore people’s preferences about how we manage water for drought and involving a survey of several hundred people throughout the region
- social marketing through the Water for Life website to encourage people to increase their understanding of water planning activity underway
- a coordinated capacity building program providing professional learning opportunities, resources and tools.