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New hub to apply latest science to local projects

The WA Government has announced the launch of a new water research and practice hub, which will see the WA Water Sensitive Transition Network, the University of Western Australia and other local partners collaborate with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI).

As part of MSDI, the Water Sensitive Cities Australia hub will apply the latest science to local water-focused projects, utilising the Institute’s diverse research capabilities and experience in delivering practical research and tools to advance water sensitive cities.

Western Australia is one of the regions most impacted by climate change, with changing rainfall patterns and increasing intense weather events posing a threat to the state's water supplies.

WA Water Minister Dave Kelly said the Water Sensitive Cities Australia hub will continue efforts to ensure waterwise practices, benefiting communities and industry.

"Western Australians will benefit directly from Water Sensitive Cities Australia projects in Perth, developing local solutions for local challenges,” he said.

"The new Water Sensitive Cities Australia hub to be based in Perth will play a pivotal role in driving local water-focused projects and will help connect WA with other states as part of the national dialogue of water professionals.

"We're already seeing evidence of waterwise practices making a real impact and WA is actively pursuing its waterwise vision, led by local champions and cross-agency partnerships like Perth's Water Sensitive Transition Network.”

Kelly said the government’s priority is to create water sensitive cities and towns that are liveable, healthy and sustainable, and that the state’s economic, social and environmental future depends on securing water resources in the context of climate change.

"One day, no matter where we are, we will see waterwise practices in use and in projects large and small,” he said.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities' extensive body of research has demonstrated that waterwise cities practices and principles work.

The mission of the new hub will be to make sure waterwise principles and practices become the norm, which will be delivered under the WA Government’s Waterwise Perth Action Plan, as well as other projects and initiatives.

The hub is also expected to provide a mechanism and enhanced capability for industry in the state, as well as research collaboration.