Blue Mountains News
Blue Mountains City Council Waterways Festival a Success
Hosted by Blue Mountains City Council in partnership with Blue Mountains Grammar School, Kindlehill School, Wentworth Falls Public School and Jamison Creek Catchment Community Group, the Waterways Festival attracted over 400 people taking part in walks, talks and workshops on water – from crayfish to turtles to water-sensitive homes.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Waterways Festival was a wonderful way for the community to find out more about Jamison Creek, what makes it special, and what we can do to protect it.”
Jamison Creek is an iconic Blue Mountains waterway. It feeds Wentworth Falls Lake and Wentworth Falls, before flowing into Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and further downstream, Warragamba dam - drinking water supply for over 4 million people.
The festival offered creative and interactive experiences to festival goers, including a water-song painting, a 3-D catchment model and ‘pledge waterfall’. Nearly 100 community members made a pledge to take action to protect their local waterways. This included actions such as washing their car on the lawn, controlling invasive weeds, or keeping pollutants out of stormwater drains and gutters.
“Council is working hard to protect our waterways”, said the Mayor. “From managing stormwater impacts, monitoring water quality, restoring degraded waterways, caring for swamps, promoting water conservation and recycling, and working closely with 500 dedicated community conservation volunteers at 130 sites.”
Council is investing significant resources and working with the community across the catchment to restore Jamison Creek and protect it from urban runoff, including a $700,000 investment in 2017-18, jointly funded by BMCC and WaterNSW, and installing new stormwater treatment systems at 15 locations.
The Waterways Festival was made possible through a grant from the NSW Government’s Environment Trust and the support of the community partners.
This article archived 22 Nov 2017
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